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The Second World War: A Military History (2010)

by Gordon Corrigan

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Gordon Corrigan's "The Second World War," newly published in America, delivers the familiar story with a revisionist tang. A career British officer in the Far East, Mr. Corrigan ridicules Churchill as a meddlesome "mountebank" whose major contribution to winning the war was his cultivation of FDR. Gen. Bernard Montgomery, the "hero" of the battle of El Alemain in North Africa, Mr. Corrigan says, was a vain, querulous glory hound. The author writes with more authority about British operations than other action. Still, his engaging narrative is unmatched for flair and sprightly footnotes. A new take on the war written by a career British officer in a lively, sometimes cheeky voice with a distinctive revisionist approach, especially about Churchill's heroics.
 
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This title presents a reassessment of the Second World War, both of its origins and its prosecution. The author examines the agendas of the warring nations and offers fresh interpretations of Britain's own part in the war.

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