- Hardcover: 640 pages
- Publisher: Preface Publishing; First Edition edition (26 May 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1848091524
- ISBN-13: 978-1848091528
- Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 3.3 x 24.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Monty and Rommel: Parallel Lives Hardcover – 26 May 2011
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"A compelling study of two of the Second World War's best known commanders. Peter Caddick-Adams writes with authority and a deep knowledge of both his subjects and the two world wars in which they fought. He has produced an utterly absorbing and hugely entertaining book that will provide a new benchmark on how we view these two divisive generals." (James Holland)
"Peter Caddick Adam's comparison of two entwined careers is full of penetrating new insights, illuminated by a clear understanding of the world wars. This impressive book will undoubtedly prove one of the best military histories of the year" (Richard Holmes)
"Distinguished military historian Caddick-Adams has achieved a first by entwining biographies of two WW2 adversaries, field marshals Montgomery and Rommel ... Caddick-Adams makes good use of personal memoirs to make his book an exciting character-driven read and it an excellent example of how the personal experience of war can create great and yet humane generals. First class history" (Military Illustrated)
"Caddick-Adams is a pre-eminent military historian ... an extremely readable book that gives a balanced and honest view of the two men. Well worth a read - probably one to put on your summer holiday reading list or your Christmas present list." (AARSE – British Army Forum)
"Intriguing study of General Bernard Montgomery and Erwin Rommel ... discursive ... highly rewarding book." (Spectator)
The first comparative biography of two of the most charismatic, and strategically important, military leaders of the Second World War.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
The war in North Africa provided a good boost to the public at home and is well covered in the book.
Only part through the book up to the D day landings and I am hoping it gives some insight into Rommel's fall from grace being involved in the plot against Hitler.
This said, there are a number of facts to be uncovered in the book which I had not previously known and are interestiing. My sympathies are with Rommel who was the better general and the more "correct" individual. Both my grandfather, my great-grandfather and my wife's grandfather served as senior officers under Montgomery and describe him in the rudest terms. He was certainly a self-publicist which detracted from the main task of winning the war.
However, back to the book. You will probably read it until the end and for that reason we can't knock it too much. You will gain some insight from it unless you are an expert in the field. Not a bad try but not a great comparison to begin with.
The book is simply too detailed in parts, too anecdotal, too personalized, and goes off on far too many tangents. The author wears his military credentials on his sleeve, for example when listing the decorations of every soldier, or when unnecessarily making comparisons with the British Army of today. The effect is wearying, and distracts the reader. The book is far longer than it needs to be, and could have been better edited. Points of detail are repeated.
The author also skirts rather gingerly around Monty's private and family life, when some proper assessment would surely have been helpful in better understanding the man behind the public persona.
I have read Monty's and Rommel's Bio (individual volumes) previously, and this single volume pulls them easily and confidently together to make a most fascinating and brilliant read. Its well worth the money and a really good read, a good addition to anybody's library.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A fascinating insight into the lives of two of the most important World War Two generalsPublished on 30 Nov. 2014 by Mr A George
Fascinating ! THe writer has seen stuff that we mere mortals have missed ! You really need to read the book to appreciate that comment and the drift of the whole book. Read morePublished on 10 Oct. 2014 by Taiga
Excellent read, used it for a school project. Please also check out this book The Night I Danced With RommelPublished on 11 Mar. 2013 by Elisabeth
The idea of showing the similarities in both men's lives is a good one. Both were hugely influenced by their experiences in the First World War. Read morePublished on 30 Aug. 2012 by Neil Lucock
Another reviewer suggests that this book is a rehash of others' previous work and a glance at the bibliography shows that there has been much written about these two soldiers. Read morePublished on 13 July 2012 by Leslie10646