Master of the Battlefield: Monty's War Years, 1942-1944

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Master of the Battlefield: Monty's War Years, 1942-1944

By Nigel Hamilton
McGraw-Hill, 1984
944 pp. $25.95
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This is Volume II of the authorized biography of Field Marshall Viscount Montgomery. Using the hitherto inaccessible Montgomery papers and supplementing them with other new material and interviews, Hamilton emphasizes the great Commander and adopts his dismissive views of most others in the field, Eisenhower and Bradley included. Montgomery's spectacular victories in North Africa, Italy and Normandy are analyzed and celebrated, and his faults of character-egomania, paranoia, vindictiveness-are also noted. Hamilton quotes copiously, giving the book an authentic flavor. Adulation at great length.