The General Perspective

Discussion in 'Books, Films, TV, Radio' started by Charley Fortnum, Mar 23, 2014.

  1. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    Lieutenant-General Sir John Glubb, commander of the Arab Legion for many years. A little off the beaten track in terms of British general officers, but it does overlap with my reading of the fighting in Syria. He has published several works on Arab cultural, historical and military subjects, but this rather later work (and rather slim given his experience) is the only real autobiography.

  2. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    This is not quite up to the standard I usually buy, but given that:
    • It only ran (I think) to a single edition/impression,
    • There aren't that many nice copies out there,
    • It's a signed copy from Japan with a Japanese bookseller's plates inside,
    I compromised.

    The material is overwhelmingly pre-war ('the thread' broke in 1939), but Piggott was said to be pestering the War Office and anybody else who would listen with his plans relating to Japan throughout the war years.

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  3. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    Found Alanbrooke's second volume to complete the set. Pleasingly bright for 1959 first editions.


    The other book somehow slipped through my previous searches, but if the author's biogaphy of O'Connor is anything to go by it will be a solid piece of work.

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  4. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    Buying books you already own is a sign of excessive wealth or failing memory, but I have neither excuse.

    Couldn't resist when I found that somebody had rebound a first edition of Horrocks's autobiography in leather.

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  5. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    These aren't perfect (bit foxed on the top), but they seem to be unread and after two years of looking I'm resigned to the fact that they may be as good as it gets given their age.

    I've read a couple of sections and it's good, but I can't yet substantiate the claim that it's 'the best written memoir of the war' and on a par with Churchill.

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  6. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    Finally picked up a copy of this (it's rather expensive for a new hardback, even when discounted).

    My only impression so far is to question the wisdom of the author, the current Lord Ironside, in referring to the subject as 'My Father' throughout. Doing so serves to 'insert' the author in the scene artificially, and it doesn't lend much to (at least the pretence of) objectivity. It's also a mite cloying--at least he didn't choose 'Daddy'...

    Still, I have high-ish hopes given the abundance of personal material the author has had access to.

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  7. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    Not an exclusively military biography, but the only published source about a general involved in a series of major battles.

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    TTH Senior Member

    I read some of The Fall of France years ago, still have it. Very well written, really conveys the drama and tension of those few weeks. He is particularly savage about Weygand--quite rightly, too.
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  9. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    I seem to have left it in the wrong country, but I do notionally own this title now.

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    I had no idea until I browsed this book that his life, private and public, went so far awry in latter years.

    That's all the Pen & Sword biographies of WW2 generals now acquired.

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