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Montgomery of Alamein
Montgomery of Alamein
By Alun Chalfont
Atheneum, 1976, 365 pp

A discriminating portrait of Britain's colorful hero, written by a well-known statesman who has been a soldier and a journalist. Montgomery's difficult traits-his "rudeness and abrasiveness"-are explained in large part and somewhat surprisingly by reference to his hostile relations with his mother. A superb trainer of men, but "certainly not one of the great commanders."