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as a highly detailed account of the interaction of the great war leaders on the Allied side
on 23 September 2016
Very enjoyable and interesting book, as a highly detailed account of the interaction of the great war leaders on the Allied side. Charting the events and swings of power which occurred during the war, step by step showing how the characters interacted and changed.
Sometimes the detail became tedious, but then added to the understanding of the experience of these men enduring countless meetings, whilst going over the same problems again and again.
Central to the story is the American eagerness to get on with the action, whilst the British had a healthy restraint and worried about launching too early. Nothing much has changed with the US rushing into the Iraq War, without giving much thought to what happens next.
When the Allies became bogged down in the Normandy Bocage country, Marshall expressed surprise that he had not known what conditions the Allies would face after landing, well shouldn't that been a major part of the planning and what happens next should have been known.
Lessons which have still not been learned. Highly Recommended and still relevant today.