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Masters and Commanders by Andrew Roberts
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Jul 18, 11

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Read in October, 2009

As has been noted elswehere, it would be difficult to find a more thorough and detailed account of the very intricate workings of the Allied leadership during WWII -- sometimes day-by-day, even hour-by hour. From the mutual overall goals through the rivalry between the allied armed forces, right through to the personal obsessions of the various leaders, and the jockeying for postion between generals, it's all in there, discussed in detailed, professionally historical tones. Which can get a little heavy sometimes, but, it's all in there.

What's NOT in there -- and which would be monumentally helpful -- is some organizational charts, showing how the various committees and bureaucracies fit together. In lieu of that, a simple list of the various players' names with their titles and affiliations would be of great help. Unless one has the foresight to start a running list of one's own, there are just so many of them, one cracks one's brain trying to keep track of them.
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