Destiny in the Desert: The road to El Alamein - the Battle that Turned the Tide (Paperback)Jonathan Dimbleby (author)
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
Number of pages: 544
Weight: 402 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 38 mm
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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