Thursday, February 16, 2012

Available Now: Monty and Rommel: Parallel Lives

Thought you knew all there was to know about the Second World War? Think again. Today we're celebrating the release of Monty and Rommel: Parallel Lives, the new dual biography exploring the lives of WWII's opposing European generals Bernard Montgomery and Erwin Rommel, written by military defense analyst and BBC contributor Peter Caddick-Adams.

During the Second World War, British and German generals Bernard Montgomery and Erwin Rommel achieved unprecedented fame, becoming household names throughout Europe as they fought a series of extraordinary battles across multiple theaters of war and established themselves as the best known military commanders of their age. In Monty and Rommel: Parallel Lives, acclaimed military historian Peter Caddick-Adams delves deeply into the complex and interconnected lives of two of history's most influential military minds, exploring how each was raised to power and how their legacies continue to affect armies today.

Peter Caddick-Adams has been a professional military historian for more than twenty years and has served for three decades in the British Army. Acknowledged as one of the UK's most experienced battlefield guides, Peter has led over 200 visits to more than 50 battlefields around the world, covering all periods in history, from the Romans to the present day. A frequent contributor to television and radio on defense issues, you can read his contributions to the BBC here.

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Praise for Monty and Rommel: Parallel Lives

[Monty and Rommel] is a wonderful mine of information for fans of either general ... [Peter Caddick-Adams] is a military historian of great industry who shows an impressive grasp of his materials." - The New Republic

"Caddick-Adams' dual biography manages to move fluidly between the events in the two great generals' lives ... an accessible, well honed study of two fascinating characters." - Kirkus Reviews

"Bernard Law Montgomery and Erwin Rommel are ideal subjects for a comparative military biography." - Publishers Weekly

"In bringing these two men together, Caddick-Adams employs no clunky artifice: the parallels between the two men, in terms of their characters and histories, are extraordinary, and enable him to produce a quite brilliant piece of writing." - BBC History Magazine

"A compelling study of two of the Second World War's best known commanders. Peter Caddick-Adams writes with authority and a deep knowledge of both his subjects and the two world wars in which they fought." - James Holland, author of Together We Stand: North Africa, 1942-1943

"Full of penetrating new insights, illuminated by a clear understanding of the world wars. This impressive book will undoubtedly prove one of the best military histories of the year." - Richard Holmes, author of World at War

"An exciting character-driven read ... an excellent example of how the personal experience of war can create great and yet humane generals. First-class history." - Military Illustrated

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