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Eclipse by Alan Moorehead
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Nov 24, 2007

really liked it
Read from May 22 to June 03, 2010

Some of the best first person war reportage Ive ever read. The great scenes of WWII on the western front from a first row seat. Some amazing little moments while history is playing itself out around him. I could read Alan Moorehead right the phone book. Written months after the war ended, its a bit handicapped to contemporary audiences for not knowing stuff that would come out later, takes the unalloyed heroic view of Monty, and scoffs at the Germans being so freaked out about the idea of getting caught behind Russian lines, suggesting they are just suffering from red hysteria. But a beautiful account of the invasion of europe from sicily all the way up to berlin. Read just for the scene of when Moorehead and a few friends decide at the end of the war to climb in a plane and fly up to norway and singlehandedly take the nazi surrender.
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