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Monty and Rommel: Parallel Lives

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Two men came to personify British and German generalship in the Second World War: Bernard Montgomery and Erwin Rommel. They fought a series of extraordinary duels across several theatres of war which established them as two of the greatest captains of their age. Our understanding of leadership in battle was altered for ever by their electrifying personal qualities. Ever ...more
Hardcover, 640 pages
Published May 26th 2011 by Preface Publishing
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Stan Bebbington
Jan 17, 2012 Stan Bebbington rated it really liked it
Anything about Generals Montgomery and Rommel is bound to be of great interest, they were contemporaries and were in the same battle areas for most of their lives. The Western Desert was the apogee of both of them as leaders of the armies fighting against each other from Alamein to Tunis and together against their greatest enemy, the desert. The political environment of each was very different, but both regarded themselves beyond mere politics and primarily leaders of men at war.

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Waseem Butt
Mar 02, 2016 Waseem Butt rated it really liked it
Fascinating insight into the 2 characters and they're evolution through 2 wars. Though I was initially more interested in what happened during WWII, their progression during WWI was nevertheless fascinating particularly as you see the natural leader that Rommel became. Additionally, the authors insights into the Normandy landings and the German response are equally of great interest. It was also great to finally get the reasoning behind the naming of the beaches after having read numerous book ...more
Perry Andrus
Sep 24, 2012 Perry Andrus rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ww2
While I am not a big fan of the "parallel lives" theme, I have found the detailed accounts of the WWI experiences to be quite informative.

Overall, this book was much better than I expected. Lots of chapters on the WW2 experiences. There is a chapter for each general on the post war impact on their legends which includes movie reviews. Even the less than historical "Rat Patrol" TV series is mentioned.

I am a fan of the British General Dempsey and there are some nice tidbits about him.
Brian Page
Apr 24, 2014 Brian Page rated it it was amazing
An utterly brilliant work! The massive quantity of detail and the skilled & adroit synthesis is breath-taking. I doubt we will ever again see a historian with this depth of shear knowledge regarding the two protagonists and their times.
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