Destiny in the Desert: The road to El Alamein - the Battle that Turned the Tide (Paperback)
  • Destiny in the Desert: The road to El Alamein - the Battle that Turned the Tide (Paperback)

Destiny in the Desert: The road to El Alamein - the Battle that Turned the Tide (Paperback)

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Published: 06/06/2013
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It was the British victory at the Battle of El Alamein in November 1942 that inspired one of Winston 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 significance of this episode remains unrecognised. 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 Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Morrocco and Algeria and 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.

Now available in paperback in time, Destiny in the Desert, which was shortlisted for the Hessell-Tiltman prize 2012-13, is required reading for anyone with an interest in the Desert War.

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781846684456
Number of pages: 544
Weight: 402 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 38 mm
Edition: Main


Dimbleby takes the investigative and narrative approach - superbly paced and expressed - and is justifiably wary of academic certainties. - Allan Mallinson, The Times

Read this fresh and provocative account and you'll be in little doubt that this was - for Britain - the single most critical battle of the Second World War. - Peter Snow

Covers a broad canvas - as wide as the desert itself. Dimbleby expertly weaves the dramatic events of the desert war together with the decisions and dilemmas of the great war leaders. He tells this story with real pace, drama and insight. - Dr Niall Barr, author of Pendulum of War: The Three Battles of El Alamein

An engrossing read, focusing on grand strategy - Martin Kitchen, author of Rommel's Desert War

Dimbleby persuasively explains why it was the side-show which wasn't a side-show and links his explanation to a vivid portrayal of life - and death - in the desert - Stephen Bungay, author of Alamein

By turns fascinating, thought-provoking and entertaining - and always beautifully written - 'Destiny in the Desert' explodes a number of self-serving myths about the Desert War and its apogee, the battle of El Alamein, while letting the reader appreciate why this incredible story has spawned so many of them. In their place emerges a tale of heroism and sacrifice, told from the point of view of the highest grand strategist down to the lowliest serviceman, which is far more entrancing than any comforting myth. Jonathan Dimbleby lets us see El Alamein anew. - Andrew Roberts

A wonderfully incisive, superbly written history that underlines the key role the Desert War played in Hitler's downfall. What Dimbleby has nailed so brilliantly is what so many war historians miss: the big picture. - Saul David, author of All The King's Men

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This in my view is the definitive account of the Desert War. There have been many others before it but none have had the lucidity that the Author brings to the crucial and heroic events in the early years of the... More

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