Destiny in the Desert: The Road to El Alamein: The Battle that Turned the Tide of World War II - eBook
Destiny in the Desert: The Road to El Alamein: The Battle that Turned the Tide of World War II - eBook  -     By: Jonathan Dimbleby
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Pegasus Books / 2013 / ePub

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Pegasus Books
Publication Date: 2013
ISBN: 9781480447387
ISBN-13: 9781480447387

Publisher's Description

A "superior history of the North African campaign" and the British WWII victory that Winston Churchill called the end of the beginning (Booklist).

It was the Allied victory at the Battle of El Alamein in November 1942 that inspired one of Churchill’s most famous aphorisms: "This is not the end, it is not even the beginning of the end, but it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning." And yet the true significance of this iconic episode remains unrecognized.

In this thrilling historical account, Jonathan Dimbleby describes the political and strategic realities that lay behind the battle, charting the nail-biting months that led to the victory at El Alamein in November 1942. It is a story of high drama, played out both in the war capitals of London, Washington, Berlin, Rome, and Moscow, and at the front, in the command posts and foxholes in the desert.

Destiny in the Desert is about politicians and generals, diplomats, civil servants, and soldiers. It is about forceful characters and the tensions and rivalries between them.

Drawing on official records and the personal insights of those involved at every level, Dimbleby creates a vivid portrait of a struggle which for Churchill marked the turn of the tide—and which for the soldiers on the ground involved fighting and dying in a foreign land.

Author Bio

Jonathan Dimbleby is a writer and filmmaker based in England. His five-part series on Russia was broadcast by BBC2 and accompanied by his book Russia: A Journal to the Heart of a Land and its People. Destiny in the Desert was recently nominated for the Hessell-Tiltman History Prize.

Editorial Reviews

"A triumph. The pace of the narrative is tremendous and the judgments are fascinating. This is a brilliant effort—when confronted by work of this quality I get carried away by enthusiasm." —Harold Evans, author of The American Century and former president of Random House

"Dimbleby’s new perspective returns the Desert War to its deserved place as one of the pivotal campaigns of the Second World War." —Niall Barr, author of Pendulum of War

"An engrossing read, focusing on grand strategy." —Martin Kitchen, author of Rommel’s Desert War

"Dimbleby tells the story with the confidence of a man who knows the historical terrain intimately." —Financial Times

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