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Rommel: The Desert Fox

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  308 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Paperback, 253 pages
Published 1957 by Berkley Books (first published January 1st 1950)
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After carrying a paperback of this book around (over about half a dozen moves) for over 20 years, I finally pulled it of a box and read it some months after I had finished Knight's Cross, a much more recent biography of Rommel. I guess I wasn't in a hurry to read this book because I'd seen the excellent movie with James Mason when I was in grade school.

This book, written shortly after the war by a British officer, shows not only the awe in which the British held this opposing general, but also t...more
I first read this book many years ago, when I was 12 years old. Desmond Young's book made me a lifelong student and admirer of The Desert Fox. This is not to say the book, like Rommel, does not have its flaws. It does not have the detail of the Fraser or Lewin biographies, and sometimes Young seems to border on hero worship of Rommel. He also fails to recount some of the more unsavory episodes of Rommel's career, such as his actions outside Tobruk. And yet, Young gives a superb look at Rommel t...more
Les Wolf
The Desert Fox, WWII German Field-Marshall Erwin Rommel fought the British forces on the desert sands of North Africa. After a series of spectacular panzer victories, British air and material superiority took its toll and Rommel's forces were defeated. Rommel was not captured. Instead, he was re-assigned to the problem of defending against the impending invasion in France along the so-called Atlantic Wall. While conferring with generals on the European continent, he became aware of the many Nazi...more
Alberto Ambard
When I first read this book I knew little about Rommel. By the time I finished it I admired the man. How can you not? This man plotted to kill Hitler, risking not only his own life in the process (and indeed he was killed for it) but also his own family's. But of course there is so much more about Rommel. He is like a fictional character from a hero movie but real. Thus, the story is fascinating.

The biography is very well written. The writer actually fought against Rommel. A fact that only adds...more
Prem Rao
Though it was natural for me as a young reader in India to side with the Allies in the Second World War, there were a few German commanders who earned the respect of even their enemies. Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, the German Commander of the Afrika Korps, who pushed the British 8th Army all the way to Tobruk, was one such.

Desmond Young's story was impartial and brought out the facts of the battle as they took place in North Africa. We get to know the ingenuity with which Rommel planned and execu...more
Detailed account of the personal life of the most well known German military office of WWII (not necessarily best, though I've yet to hit Guderian's PANZER LEADER to compare). As a personal portrait this is intriguing,and Rommel is painted in a generally positive light, from his undistinguished origins to his voluntary suicide in the dwindling days of the great war. But without a thorough knowledge of tank warfare, WWII personalities, the sociopolitical history of Nazi Germany and British WWII e...more
Don Gubler
Clearly one of the greatest generals ever. It is too bad he was on the wrong side.
Allen Perry
I have read a lot on Rommel but this book holds a special place to me among the histories I have read. First though let me say that it is very well written and based on quite a bit of first hand knowledge and research from good sources like Field Marshall Rommel's widow. I love this book because it illustrates the great respect adversaries can have for one another even in times of war and shows Rommel not only for his military genius but his sense of honor without compromise. Anyone who wants a...more
Aug 04, 2008 Tom rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historians, biography lovers
This is a well written Rommel biography researched and written by an admirer who fought against him the desert war of World War II.

Much of Rommel's official history was badly tainted by Nazi propagandists and Desmond Young got a great deal of the information from personal sources now largely deceased. The author's bias towards General Rommel is obvious but he details the military mistakes and personal foibles of the general as well.

The ending includes an Appendix written by Rommel himself on the...more
Doug Turnbull
I read this book in 1964 and was impressed by Brigadier Desmond Young's even handed account of Rommel's life and career. If you want detailed accounts of the many battles in North Africa, you will have to go to other books, but for a good account of Rommel the man, this one is the best. Brigadier Young interviewed family and friends as well as other officers, so this is a well rounded biography.
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I respect Rommel a lot more after reading this book. Tactically, he was amazing, but many others have been too. What really impressed me was that in the end he was one of the few German leaders who actually tried to take Hitler down. In the end, he was forced to commit suicide. He was a good man and a good fighter.
Neelakantan Nair
Made me admire the german efforts in war from a purely academic and military/strategic point of view. It's fascinating to read that there were gentlemen on the German side as well. It's a fact that gets obscured by the American portrayal of all Germans at war as being Nazis.
Read this one a long time ago (15 years?) and thought it very well done. Rommel seems to have been a great general and had some scruples: trying to get rid of Hitler at the end of the day. Worth reading if you like war history. I generally don't so this is high praise.
My dad read this book as a youth and passed his copy on to me. Most interesting to me was to see the war presented from an non-american viewpoint.
Richard Fulgham
The best, most exciting book about Rommel I've read. I admire Rommel and was pleased to see him fairly treated.
Nick Black
Dec 06, 2008 Nick Black marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Amazon 2008-12-06. Recommended in Shirer's The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich (p1079, paperback edition).
Barry Smith
Jun 20, 2008 Barry Smith rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: History Of War & Tacticts
Nonfiction book that keeps you on the edge of your seat even when you know the outcome. Very informative.
A great General. My favorite of all of America's enemies.
Excellent account of the Desert Fox
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