Profile Books, 1st ed., 2012. Xxii + 532 pp., 32 photo-plates + maps. D.j., 24 x 15cm. Front board leaning o/w FINE. El Alamein was a crucial turning point in Allied fortunes in the Second World War, but its significance is largely unrecognised. Setting that record straight here, the author charts the political and strategic realities that lay behind the conflict in North Africa, from the first Italian soldiers entering Libya to the nerve-racking months that led to victory. It provides an incredibly vivid portrait of what it was like for politicians, civil servants, military commanders and soldiers who struggled and sacrificed in war capitals across the world on the harsh battlefields. Drawing on first-hand accounts and official records, from soldiers on the ground to politicians in the know, the author creates a thrilling narrative the redefines the battle as a tipping point in British fortunes.