Hamilton, Nigel.


Rev., ed., 1994. Xii + 653 pp., various photo-ills., + 6 maps. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. The author's award-winning Monty trilogy has here been revised and condensed into a single volume of official biography to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the D-Day landings and the subsequent campaign to defeat Germany. Based on personal diaries, wartime signals, notes and letters, as well as interviews with Montgomery's closest family, friends and colleagues, and with access to tens of thousands of unpublished documents, this is the furthest any writer has ever penetrated to the heart of the man, seen both at his best and worst, who commanded the Anglo-American armies at D-Day. Never before has the story of the planning and execution of the D-Day landings been so candidly told, nor that of the Normandy campaign, the tragedy at Arnhem, the shocking defeat in the Ardennes and the inside account of the Allied failure to seize Berlin when just within grasp.

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