Desert War: The North African Campaign, 1940-1943

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Penguin Books, 1997 - History - 641 pages
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"North Africa was the site of some of the most volatile battles of World War II. For journalist Alan Moorehead, it was war in its purest form, "a knight's tournament in empty space."" "In Desert War, which includes the complete texts of The Mediterranean Front, A Year of Battle, and The End of Africa, Moorehead writes about what he saw. He recounts with dazzling prose and intimate detail the heroes and legends, the soldiers and prisoners, the military strategies, the strengths and weaknesses of those involved, and portraits of generals Rommel, Montgomery, and Patton. Woven throughout are observations on the landscape, the Mediterranean shores and the vast desert, which inevitably played a role in shaping the battles. For Moorehead, "desert warfare resembled war at sea. Men moved by compass. No position was static. Each truck or tank was as individual as a destroyer."" "Written by a man who lived and breathed the conflict in North Africa during World War II, Desert War is a eyewitness account and an inspired piece of writing by a master of his craft."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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User Review  - John - Goodreads

Wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading it. Was this going to be another dry book about military tactics? Boy, was I wrong! This might be the gold standard for embedded journalism. All of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Chris Perley - Goodreads

Three books here. Moorehead has great style - and is very complimentary to The 2nd New Zealand Division ("Finest Anglo-Saxon division of the war" - but of course - helped not a little by the Maori ... Read full review


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ALAN MOOREHEAD (1910-1983) was a foreign correspondent for the London Daily Express, where he won an international reputation for his coverage of World War II campaigns, and also served as the chief public relations officer in the Ministry of Defense. He is also the author of many other notable books, including Gallipoli and Darwin and the Beagle.

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