1st ed., Thus, 2001. Li + 763 pp., 16 photo-plates. D.j., 24 x 16cm. Some small ink marks to inside rear flap of d.j., o/w Nr.FINE. For most of the Second World War General Sir Alan Brooke, later Field Marshal Lord Alanbrooke, was Chief of the Imperial General Staff (CIGS) – Britain's top soldier – and Churchill's principal adviser, and antagonist, in the inner councils of war. He also led the British military in the bargaining and brokering of the Grand Alliance with Roosevelt and Stalin, in the great conferences at Casablanca, Tehran, Washington and Yalta. By common consent, he was the greatest CIGS in the history of the British Army. This is the first time Alanbrooke's diaries have been published complete before. They begin in September 1939 and give a blow-by-blow account of how the Second World War was waged and eventually won, from the man at Churchill's elbow (and sometimes his throat). They open a unique window onto the inner workings of the Grand Alliance and offer valuable insight into politicians, Americans, Russians, Chinese, even his own generals: Wavell, Auchinleck, Montgomery, Slim, Alexander. Other major figures – Roosevelt and Stalin, Marshall and Molotov, De Gaulle and Eisenhower, Beaverbrook and Eden – all pass in review before him. This extensive volume has been hailed as being "the most important and most controversial military diaries of the modern era" and they make a valuable addition to any military library or collection.