Wednesday, July 18, 2007

World War II

By far and away, this is the most popular section of military history – and maybe history in general – for our library. We have a couple of new books that examine particular aspects of World War II:
The Battle for the Rhine, by Robin Neillands, focuses on the Battle of the Bulge and the Ardennes Campaign, both of which took place during 1944. Neillands, who died last year, was a respected author who lectured at the National Army Museum in London. He examines the relationship between Eisenhower and Montgomery, and the strategies of the Allies. Being British, he may have a kinder take on Montgomery than many American authors, but you can judge for yourself.
Another book that looks at General Eisenhower and his dealings with his fellow generals is Partners in Command: George Marshall and Dwight Eisenhower in war and peace, by Mark Perry. From colleagues during WWII to Cold War warriors united with a common foreign policy vision, Marshall and Eisenhower developed a strong relationship over the years. That relationship came to have great implications for the world, especially post-war Europe. Perry attempts to delve behind the historical facades and come up with the real personalities that guided America through some difficult times.

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