Monday, December 7, 2009

PATTON, MONTGOMERY, ROMMEL: REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

GIVEAWAY ENDED
PATTON, MONTGOMERY, & ROMMEL

MASTERS OF BATTLE
BY TERRY BRIGHTON

ABOUT THE BOOK:

In Patton, Montgomery, Rommel, one of Britain's most accomplished military scholars presents an unprecedented study of the land war in the North African and European theaters, as well as their chief commanders—three men who also happened to be the most compelling dramatis personae of World War II

Beyond spellbinding depictions of pivotal confrontations at El Alamein, Monte Cassino, and the Ardennes forest, author-scholar Terry Brighton illuminates the personal motivations and historical events that propelled the three men's careers: how Patton's, Montgomery's, and Rommel's Great War experiences helped to mold their style of command—and how, exactly, they managed to apply their arguably megalomaniacal personalities (and hitherto unrecognized political acumen and tact) to advance their careers and strategic vision.

Opening new avenues of inquiry into the lives and careers of three men widely profiled by scholars and popular historians alike, Brighton definitively answers numerous lingering and controversial questions: Was Patton really as vainglorious in real life as he was portrayed to be on the silver screen?—and how did his tireless advocacy of "mechanized cavalry" forever change the face of war? Was Monty's dogged publicity-seeking driven by his own need for recognition or by his desire to claim for Britain a leadership role in postwar global order?—and how did this prickly "commoner" manage to earn affection and esteem from enlisted men and nobility alike? How might the war have ended if Rommel had had more tanks?—and what fundamental philosophical difference between him and Hitler made such an outcome virtually impossible?

Abetted by new primary source material and animated by Terry Brighton's incomparable storytelling gifts,
Patton, Montgomery, Rommel offers critical new interpretations of the Second World War as it was experienced by its three most flamboyant, controversial, and influential commanders—and augments our understanding of each of their perceptions of war and leadership.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

TERRY BRIGHTON is a master historian and curator of the Queen's Royal Lancers Regimental Museum. He is also the author of Hell Riders: The True Story of the Charge of the Light Brigade. He lives in England.

all contents © Terry Brighton 2009
REVIEW:

I want to thank Terry Brighton for such an amazing book. I will tell you right up front, this is not a genre I normally read. I sought to broaden my horizons and so took a chance and am not sorry. I learned a lot. I had to read a bit slower as military history is not my strength by any means. This book was so well researched that I can't begin to imagine how long it took to write. Brighton writes about the part of WWII in North Africa in 1942 to 1945 when Germany surrendered. He tells the story through these generals who were rivals from American, Great Britain, and Germany. They are all very famous as even I know about them and remember when he writes about their personalities that were probably as famous for that as they were for their ability to lead armies in battle.

They were all, I found out, famous for their ego which I knew about Patton (I saw the movie) and a little I had read about Rommel. I think that Montgomery is the one I knew the least about. Evidently, he is looked upon with honor in England but was very much a pompous sneak who often took credit for others work but was also quick to lie about things when they didn't go right. Ha! Surprised me there for sure.

The 3 generals are written about from their birth to their death even though most of the book focuses on their parts in the battles as well as how well they did in reality, not in their own minds. It is quite interesting how the three of them were different in many ways but alike enough that their lives have been compared quite often.

The main reason I was able to read this book I believe is because Brighton told a lot of interesting little known details and actual things they are quoted as saying. It helped to give depth to the generals and make them come to life for me. He doesn't sugar-coat anything like when he writes about General Patton being relieved of his service after he slapped a wounded soldier--in the hospital even! Well, no wonder! Also included are parts about how Rommel was reported by many to be in with others to try and kill Hitler with a bomb in 1944. Obviously, that endeavor failed and then Rommel committed suicide and that is what is normally reported. Brighton, however, alludes to some evidence that all he did was press for surrender to the American and British in order to keep Russia from taking Berlin. It made me wonder more than about the suicide.

So many details and facts and yet the book really did come off as a narrative to read. Would I read it again or seek out others like it? I doubt it BUT that is only because it doesn't appeal to my interests. People who are war fans and military aficionados will greatly relish this book I am sure as it is REALLY well done. It would make a perfect gift for someone who is interested in that subject matter.


GIVEAWAY

THANKS TO JENNIFER AND
CROWN/RANDOM HOUSE BOOKS,
FOR THIS MILITARY MASTERPIECE.
I HAVE ONE COPY TO GIVE AWAY
TO ONE LUCKY WINNER.

THIS WILL BE A "QUICKIE"
GIVEAWAY SO THE WINNER CAN
HOPEFULLY GET THE BOOK
BEFORE CHRISTMAS

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23 comments:

Sweet Vernal Zephyr said...

I am not a military reader but I would love to win this for my hubby! Then we can read side by side by the fire.

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rhapsodyinbooks said...

My husband is more of a military reader than I am, but he has convinced me it is very interesting so now I am too!

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rhapsodyinbooks said...

My husband is more of a military reader than I am, but he has convinced me it is very interesting so now I am too!

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Margie said...

I am not really interested in military history...but this would be the perfect Christmas gift for my husband since he is a WWII history buff.
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Bookfool said...

I read absolutely anything about WWII, so I guess I am a military reader but just by default. I pick up books about WWII and read them even if they go way over my head.

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cheryl c said...

I would love to win this for my son. He reads a lot of books about ancient and modern-day warfare and historical figures. He would love this book.

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LoveMyCoffee said...

I would love to win this for my hubby, as he reads all books related to WWII. After reading your review, I may even give it a try.

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Cheryl said...

I am a military reader, anything about history is interesting to me--though I usually prefer Civil War and earlier.

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enyl said...

As a history teacher I don't focus on military history; however, some of my male students have shown an intrest, I would add the book to my classroom library.
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rubynreba said...

I like military books and would keep this for myself!
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Glenn said...

I am a military/history reader, with the military mostly being Vietnam, but also a few WWII. Thanks for the giveaway.

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Winning Readings said...

I am not a big military reader, but I've enjoyed what I've read. Especially when it's mixed up with factual history, etc.

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Benita said...

I'm not a military book reader, but my husband is. I'd love to gift this to him and then hear all about it.

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Susan said...

I am not a military book reader, but my husband and my father like to read well written military books. They will often check the same books out of the library, read them and then have phone and email conversations about them. This book would be something my father would love since he grew up during WWII.

traveler said...

Thanks for this great giveaway. My husband is extremely interested and anything about World War 11 and the miltary interests me. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

MUM said...

I read some military but my daughter is the real military reader. I'm entering to win this book for her. Great review though.

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~The Book Pixie said...

I am a military/war reader. Most girls my age aren't but I for some reason, I've always liked military literature. Thank you for the review.

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