The Turn of the Tide

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The Turn of the Tide

By Arthur Bryant
Doubleday, 1957
624 pp. $6.95

This history of high strategy through the Quebec Conference of 1943 (a sequel is to follow) is based on the personal diaries of Lord Alanbrooke, wartime Chief of the Imperial General Staff. The conversion of the immediate impressions and thoughts of a diary into a historical narrative is always difficult. In the present case Sir Arthur Bryant has worked together an account which is interesting, often intimate, and quite controversial--especially in its judgments of other British and American leaders--but which somehow does not add greatly to our knowledge of the war.

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