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Product Details

  • Series: Military Profiles
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc. (November 17, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1574889044
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574889048
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,380,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

By the same author who wrote the acclaimed three-volume official biography of the legendary World War II commander

Examines his wartime rivalry with Patton

Reviews the North African and Normandy campaigns --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Nigel Hamilton is the author of Monty, which won the Whitbread Prize and the Templer Medal. He is also the author of JFK: Reckless Youth and Bill Clinton: An American Journey. Currently the John F. Kennedy Scholar and Visiting Professor in the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies, University of Massachusetts at Boston, Hamilton lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By David M. Dougherty VINE VOICE on October 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is the worst book I have read on any subject concerning World War II. That Potomac Books could have printed this in their series of Military Profiles is simply incomprehensible. The scholarship in non-existent, facts are wrong, grossly misstated or altered to support the author's contention that Montgomery was "undoubtedly one of the great captains of the twentieth century."

The author mentions Montgomery's dark side: that he was a bully, a misfit, mostly homosexual, arrogant, insubordinate, abrasive, selfish, vain, insufferably egotistical, devious, paranoid, and probably did more to damage the cooperative Allied effort than anyone else in either the British and American armies. But Hamilton always juxtaposes these traits with Montgomery's virtues (as seen by the author) as the greatest Allied commander of the war.

Alexander is depicted as "without brains", Eisenhower "had no ability to command" and others like Bradley come off even worse.

There are so many things wrong with the author's treatise it is difficult to know where to begin. For example, although Montgomery is depicted as an experienced combat commander from World War I, he was in action only for two months from August to October, 1914, when he was wounded and evacuated to England. Returning to France in 1916, he functioned strictly as a staff officer for the remainder of the war. Hardly the record of troop command inferred by the author.

Between the wars Montgomery was supposedly prescient and trained his troops in the tactics that would have defeated the Germans if the British only hadn't been saddled with poor senior commanders. But it didn't show, and Montgomery's division retreated to Dunkirk with the rest.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Raymond on October 17, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Everything I have read over the past 50 years is totally contradicted in this book about the man who saved the world from the Nazis. The book does lend some insight into the British fondness of this General but, the author skips around many facets of SHAEF's involvment in the overall operation of the European Theater of War. There are many incorrect assumptions as to Monty's contributions which makes for interesting reading. There should have been more input from fellow officiers that Monty served under and over to get a more rounded idea of the real Monty.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kevin M Quigg VINE VOICE on June 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
I wouldn't rate this book the way of the previous reviewer. Hamilton has written extensively on Montgomery in three huge books. This summary read shows parts of this complex man. I heard it said that Montgomery may have had homosexual feelings, but this was never proven. What was known was his huge ego. He felt he was a better leader than Bradley, Brooke, Alexander, and Eisenhower. That even may be true. However his ego also cost him much support, and ultimately made him less of a leader than he was.

I mildly enjoyed this British viewpoint of Montgomery. Although it may be biased, it shows his military leadership qualities that inspired his troops. Along with Patton, he was a threat to the German military.
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