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Rommel the Desert Fox Hardcover – August 16, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0848808693 ISBN-10: 084880869X

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Amereon Ltd (August 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 084880869X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0848808693
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #875,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Luke Killion on January 9, 2011
Format: Hardcover
In Desmond Young's biography, "Rommel: The Desert Fox" he gives a stylish and relatively brief telling of the life and military career of Erwin Rommel. Young himself was a veteran of two world wars and served with the British Army in the Middle East. His book is an immensely enjoyable read and puts a human face upon a general who served the most evil man in history. There is somewhat of a legend around the figure of Erwin Rommel and this book definitely adds to the lore. While it includes the documented movements of the Afrika Corps and the British 8th Army, the real focus of the book is the larger than life persona of Rommel.

The author definitely held on to some Victorian beliefs about warfare and chivalry which are evident in the book. Much of the testimony is from German generals Bayerlein and Von Ravenstein who both developed a friendship with the author after the war in the process of writing this book (originally published in 1950). The existence of this code of conduct and even mutual respect between adversaries is a defining feature and it paints the exploits of Rommel in a most sympathetic light. The reader also understands the divisions that existed in the German military between the Wermacht and the SS. These were key in bringing the ultimate demise of Rommel after the attempt on Hitler's life on July 20, 1944.

Rommel's life began most ordinarily in the Swabian portion of Germany. While a shy young boy, he developed a love for skiing and athletics during his teen years. His service during World War I is the stuff of legend as his exploits earned him the highest decorations in the German Army. His service spanned the four years of the war as he saw action as a junior officer in Beglium, France, Romania and Italy.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By USMC Sniper on December 1, 2011
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Rommel was first a soldier in the German Army and not a Nazi madman. He served as all soldiers should serve, his country and his troops. By the time he realized the path Hitler had chosen it was too late. This book tells the story of Erwin Rommel the man and soldier not the story of a General/Field Marshall in the Nazi army. Rommel was one of the best leaders of military forces in WWII except he was on the wrong side and was the victim of "lack of support". The western forces were very lucky Rommel suffered from the incompetence of those above him.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christopher R. Magee on July 15, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is interesting provided you treat it as a narrative of the war and don't expect the ultimate Rommel biography. Written by a British general only five years after the war, the book has some problems as a scholarly work, the most blatant being it is hardly impartial. The author takes an "us vs. them" tone, always referring to the British as "we" and making no secret who he feels the good guys are. Young tends to get sidetracked and talk about himself and tell stories about other officers that don't necessarily have a lot to do with Rommel, just because he finds them interesting. He also fails to explain many abbreviations or translate foreign phrases.

It works as a book, however, because it is an interesting look at the time period and the way Rommel was viewed by his contemporaries and his opponents. He interviews Rommel's wife and son as well as many men who served with him and who fought against him. It was written at a time when the war was still fresh in everyone's mind and no one knew how Germany was going to turn out. This gives it an immediacy that most historical biographies, usually written decades or centuries later, don't have. This also means it lacks the new information that would have been uncovered by decades of research, but as I said, it is not the ultimate biography of Rommel, just one side of the story. If you treat it as such, it is an interesting read.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Heiss on January 21, 2014
Format: Paperback
This book is very readable and makes a good biography for a Junior High School student. Written from the perspective of a British officer, the book portrays Rommel as a gentleman. Very interesting information on the plot against Hitler.

Recommended.
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