Book Review Arnhem 1944: Battle for the Bridges; Anthony Beevor

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  1. canuck

    canuck Closed Account

  2. Tom OBrien

    Tom OBrien Senior Member

    Oh dear, Conrad Black is not much of a historian is he!
  3. canuck

    canuck Closed Account

    Agreed. He is normally a phenomenal writer but that book review fell well below his usual standard.
  4. davidbfpo

    davidbfpo Patron Patron

    The New York Review of Books has a lengthy review of Beevor's book by Max Hastings. He opens with:
    He ends with:
    Link: Botch on the Rhine

    I have not read this book, nor plan to; years ago I did enjoy reading his books on Berlin and Stalingrad. So I add this as I expect it will be of interest and possibly arouse comment as Max Hastings is the reviewer.
  5. TTH

    TTH Senior Member

    Germans were better, man for man? Horseshit, Mr. Hastings. Go read some more books and serious scholarly articles, as in a lot more. You can start with John Buckley.
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  6. Tom OBrien

    Tom OBrien Senior Member

    I gave in and borrowed a copy from the library and it was ok, nothing much new in it and certainly not a great addition to an already massively over emphasised operation. As Mr Beevor seems to be writing on subjects that his publishers know will sell, I expect to see a Battle of Britain, Cassino and Alamein trilogy next. ☹️


  7. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    Has he done Op. Chastise?
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  8. JimHerriot

    JimHerriot Ready for Anything

    I think, and this is absolutely my own opinion, Max Hastings comments in his review are based more on his own soldiering ability than that of the men, and women, of Arnhem (on either side). And yes, I would gladly say that to Mr Hastings face to face.

    Kind regards, always,

    Last edited: May 19, 2020
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  9. Trackfrower

    Trackfrower Member

    I've read his "Churchill's Bodyguard"
    A few strange discoveries.......
    HMS Prince of Wales was a destroyer
    Land Rovers in North Africa
    And a mistress in the WRAF

    Can't be sued by the original cast, as most of them are gone.
    A bit like the film.
  10. jonheyworth

    jonheyworth Senior Member

    I read his book on Berlin and I was not impressed . Clear errors and sensationalism like the “ Danzig human soap factory “ . Nothing new . All re hashed. Last book of his I’ll read

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