1st ed., 1989. 581 pp., photo & other plates. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. Following peacetime soldiering in Egypt, it was the North African campaign of the Second World War that began Michael Carver's meteoric rise that took him from lieutenant at 24 through Italy and North-west Europe to become the army's youngest brigade commander at 29. All this was in spite of an attitude towards his seniors that bordered at times on insubordination. His account of the campaigns, and his personal experiences, makes fascinating reading and throws fresh light on the successes and failures, and on the personalities of those in positions of command. In a series of post-war appointments ranging from central planning roles, including Chief of the Defence of Staff, through involvement in virtually all Britain's Commonwealth trouble spots ' Singapore, Kenya, Northern Ireland, Rhodesia ' and in Cyprus, Carver has been personally engaged in many of the major politico-military events of the past 40 years, including an intriguing relationship with Montgomery.