In the Second World War, the United States, Great Britain, and Germany each produced one land-force commander who stood out from the rest: George Patton, Bernard Montgomery, and Erwin Rommel. All were arrogant, publicity seeking, and personally flawed, yet each possessed a genius for command and an unrivaled enthusiasm for combat. But their explosive relationships with one another rivaled the pyrotechnics of their tank battles in determining the conduct and outcome of the war. In the first book of its kind, historian Terry Brighton brings all three men "together" against a backdrop of the great armored battles of the war.
Brighton dug through archives in England, Germany, and the United States to find new primary source material and interpretations of how these masters of battle sought the fight, despised the politics, and captured their own glory. Was Patton actually like George C. Scott's portrayal of him in Patton? Did Monty always steal thunder from Patton? How would the war have ended if Rommel had had more tanks? Brighton tackles these absorbing questions and more in a fascinating book that any student of history will savor.
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"The three best-known generals of WWII are the subjects of this fascinating comparative biography. Mel Foster narrates the stories of these three men, who were amazingly alike, with an energetic performance that is quite nuanced and expressive. His deep voice goes well with the subject of this work, and he gives a separate voice to each of the three generals, affecting German, American, and British accents credibly. His pace is easy to follow and allows the listener to completely enjoy the accounts of these amazing warriors. M.T.F. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine"
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