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Paperback 352 Pages
Published: 25/05/2023
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The acclaimed comedian and military history buff pens his first serious narrative non-fiction book with this enthralling and accessible account of World War II's key Allied commanders and how their strategic vision across multiple theatres of war ensured ultimate victory.

'My bookshelves were groaning with WW2 books, Hitler's baleful eyes staring out at me from covers and spines for any new visitor (or passing burglar) to wonder if I might be a fan or at least mildly obsessed.' - Al Murray

Al Murray's passion for military history and the Second World War in particular has always been a duel passion with his comedy and was brought to the fore with several acclaimed and award winning television shows and the recent huge success of his podcast We Have Ways of Making You Talk which he hosts fellow bestselling military author James Holland. The podcast has built up a loyal, nationwide fanbase and has given birth to its own annual three-day festival. In his first serious narrative book, Command showcases Al Murray's passion for this pivotal period in the Twentieth Century, as he writes an engaging, entertaining and sharp analysis of the key allied military leaders in the conflict.

Command highlights the performance and careers of some of the key protagonists who commanded armies, as well as the lesser-known officers who led divisions, regiments and even battalions for the British, Commonwealth and United States of American armies. By showcasing each combat commander across every theatre of operations the allies fought in, Murray tells the story of how the Western Allies rebounded from early shocking defeats (Dunkirk and Pearl Harbor) to then victories (El Alamein and D-Day) in its efforts to defeat the Axis forces of Nazi Germany and Japan, and what that tells us about the characters and the challenges that faced them. Command will be the book all fans of Second World War History will want to buy who appreciate a true enthusiast of the genre who has something new and compelling to say.

Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
ISBN: 9781472284631
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 271 g
Dimensions: 196 x 126 x 26 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Al Murray's new book proves, if anyone still feels the need to question it, that he is a major historian in his own right. Command is everything popular history should be: authoritative, full of deep wisdom and knowledge, genuinely fresh and original in approach and content, and both compelling and entertainingly written. Skilfully blending the famous names with those lesser known, he examines each in a completely fresh light, focussing on differing aspects that collectively offer a satisfyingly comprehensive whole that takes the reader on a journey across a wide range of landscapes, theatres and battles. It is an utter joy to read from start to finish. - James Holland

With his trademark combination of humour and deep-thinking - an iron fist in a velvet glove - Al Murray's brilliantly incisive debut history forces us to think again about the nature of Command and how the Allies were able to turn disaster into triumph in World War II. Quirky, original and hard-hitting, it is as enjoyable to read as it is instructive. - Saul David

Command is a stunning achievement. This is a book that sucks you in from the first page. Deeply incisive, eachparagraph brings a new revelation. Al Murray's writing is as original and his conclusions as controversial as the generals he depicts. At the end of each chapter, you are left exhaling with a sense of "I didn't expect that." - Peter Caddick-Adams

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“Well written and engaging modern history”

Command is billed as the author’s first book without jokes and while that is true, there is plenty of his trademark wit and humour throughout. War and conflict are no laughing matter but as anyone who has read Spike... More

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