Batsford, 1st ed., 1971. Xv + 288 pp., frontis., + 30 photo-plates + 14 maps. D.j., 24 x 16cm. Owner’s bookplate & small label ; Spine of d.j., faded o/w V.G.+. This was the definitive biography of its time of Montgomery, and many would still uphold it as such today. His entire military career is traced in such a way that behind the events and controversies surrounding this great leader there emerges the man himself. Beginning with Montgomery’s experiences as a young officer in Flanders in World War I, through the long period of re-thinking and re-training between the wars to the climaxes of Alam Halfa, El Alamein, the planning of the Normandy landings and the subsequent campaign in Europe. The last chapters of the book deal with what is now considered the most controversial period of Montgomery’s leadership – the apparent failure to break out of the Normandy bridgehead at Caen; the near collapse of a harmonious relationship with Eisenhower and the arguments about the conduct of the final months of war.