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First edition, hardback in dustwrapper. 24 × 16cm, li, , 763pp. This copy belonged to a Major J David Summers, who served in the Second World War with Lt.Gen. Sir Archibald Nye, who himself served with Alan Brooke and represented the CIGS (Chief of General Staff) at the Chiefs of Staff Committee, the Defence Committee (Operations), the War Cabinet and the Army Council. This book has 1. a three page handwritten military biography of Major Summers by himself from his father's death on the Somme in 1916, through Eton OTC, and service in the Middle East until 1944, before coming military assistant to CIGS. 2. A handwritten letter (on India Office headed paper) from Archibald Nye to Major Summers, dated 1946, thanking him for his service at CIGS. 3. A note signed by Alex Danchev to Major Summers thanking him for his kind words about the book. 4. Additionally, the book is annotated in quite a few places by Major Summers with his observations on the people and events. Alanbrooke was CIGS - Chief of the Imperial General Staff - for the greater part of the Second World War. He acted as mentor to Montgomery and military adviser to Churchill, with whom he clashed. As chairman of the Chiefs of Staff committee he also led for the British side in the bargaining and the brokering of the Grand Alliance, notably during the great conferences with Roosevelt and Stalin and their retinue at Casablanca,Teheran, Malta and elsewhere. As CIGS Alanbrooke was indispensable to the British and the Allied war effort. The diaries were sanitised by Arthur Bryant and here are produced unexpurgated by Danchev and Todman. Condition: A good copy. It has been well-thumbed and read by the previous owner and has finger marks to the pages edges and a little foxing to the pages' top edge. Also, as mentioned the book is annotated to the margins. Otherwise, it has secure binding, and the dustwrapper is not price-clipped and is now within a protective sleeve. PLEASE NOTE: This item is heavy and may require extra postage. PLEASE SEE THE COX AND BUDGE WEBSITE FOR FURTHER DETAILS AND TO SEE OUR FULL RANGE OF BOOKS. MANY THANKS. N° de ref. de la librería
Alanbrooke was CIGS - Chief of the Imperial General Staff - for the greater part of the Second World War. He acted as mentor to Montgomery and military adviser to Churchill, with whom he clashed. As chairman of the Chiefs of Staff committee he also led for the British side in the bargaining and the brokering of the Grand Alliance, notably during the great conferences with Roosevelt and Stalin and their retinue at Casablanca,Teheran, Malta and elsewhere. As CIGS Alanbrooke was indispensable to the British and the Allied war effort.
The diaries were sanitised by Arthur Bryant for his two books he wrote with Alanbrooke. Unexpurgated, says Danchev, they are explosive. The American generals, in particular, come in for attack. Danchev proposes to centre his edition on the Second World War. Pre and post-war entries are to be reduced to a Prologue and Epilogue). John Keegan says they are the military equivalent of the Colville Diaries (Churchill's private secretary), THE FRINGES OF POWER. These sold 24,000 in hardback at Hodder in 1985.
Críticas: Already celebrated as the most important war diaries yet to appear, Field Marshal Lord Alanbrooke's War Diaries 1939-1945, edited by Alex Danchev and Dan Todman, are full of fascinating and controversial stuff. But Alanbrooke's style should not be confused with that of Alan Clark: he does not set out to be controversial for controversy's own sake and there is little gossip or speculation. The tone is steady and soldierly throughout, which only makes it more impressive and, at times, curiously moving. It is the voice of a man of great self-control and military expertise, weighed down with the tremendous burdens of conducting a global war. The central relationship is inevitably with Winston Churchill, whose cavalier attitudes and short-term enthusiasms for hare-brained schemes that would cost many lives, often infuriated Alanbrooke. And, in private at least, on the pages of his diary, he would say so: Churchill "knows no details, talks absurdities" and is "a public menace". You can see Alanbrooke's point, when he records that Churchill has suggested making aircraft carriers out of ice. But above all, with Alanbrooke, you get balance. He never pretends that Churchill was anything but a genius, as a war leader:
genius mixed with an astonishing lack of vision--he is quite the most difficult man to work with that I have ever struck but I should not have missed the chance of working with him for anything on earth!It is also interesting to find how poor relations were between Britain and America at the time, with even Churchill, part-American himself, inveighing against the "evils of Americans". The overwhelming feeling arising from these diaries is that, contrary to what we now think of as the inevitable, historic triumph of the Allies, it was in fact, as Wellington said after Waterloo, "a close run thing, a damn close run thing". The diaries are superbly edited, cut short with fine judgement on the last day of August 1945, with the quiet entry, "I had Paget to lunch, he was in excellent form. In the evening I motored home". All in all, this is a good job well done. -- Christopher Hart
Título: War Diaries 1939-1945 (Signed Copy - Owned ...
Editorial: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Año de publicación: 2001
Condición del libro: Very Good
Edición: First Edition.
Descripción Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2001. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Good. Ex Library Book with usual stamps and stickers. A few small marks to the page edges. Good condition is defined as: a copy that has been read but remains in clean condition. All of the pages are intact and the cover is intact and the spine may show signs of wear. The book may have minor markings which are not specifically mentioned. Most items will be dispatched the same or the next working day. Nº de ref. de la librería mon0005636242
Descripción Hardback. Estado de conservación: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Nº de ref. de la librería GOR001515291
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Descripción Weidenfeld &Nicolson, London, 2001. Hard Cover. Estado de conservación: Vg. Estado de la sobrecubierta: Vg. New Edn. 763pp. Plates. Note: this is a heavy book for which extra postage may be requested. Size: 8vo. Nº de ref. de la librería 014966
Descripción Weidenfeld & Nicholson, London, 2001. Green Covers. Estado de conservación: Near Fine. Estado de la sobrecubierta: Near Fine Jacket. First Edition. Crisp and bright with no inscriptions. Unclipped dustjacket. News clippings slipped in.763 pages, illustrated. Heavy book, may need extra postage. Size: 6" x 9". hardback. Nº de ref. de la librería 047262
Descripción Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 2001. Hard Cover. Estado de conservación: Very Good. Estado de la sobrecubierta: Very Good. First Edition. 1st edition, large 8vo, 763pp, photo illustrations; news-cutting stuck to rear endpaper o/w VG Copy in VG DJ; NB This is a large heavy book well outside the preset postage tariffs; however for simplicity this item has been priced accordingly and no extra postage will be required unless buyer wants overseas sending. Overseas, which includes Europe and the Republic of Ireland, both surface and air would involve extra postage and would be expensive proportionate to the price of the book Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Nº de ref. de la librería 37122
Descripción Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 2001. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Good. Estado de la sobrecubierta: Fair. 1.6 Hardback; blemish to edge of pages otherwise good in marked dustjacket. ; Illustrated, +xlixpp. ; 763 pages. Nº de ref. de la librería 48444
Descripción Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2001. Estado de conservación: Used. This Book is in Good Condition. Clean Copy With Light Amount of Wear. 100% Guaranteed. Nº de ref. de la librería ABE_book_usedgood_0297607316