An American memoir or history on the Second World War?
February 19, 2005 11:41 AM Subscribe
The British have the histories and diaries of Churchill and Lord Alanbrooke. Whose are the most important American
memoirs for the Second World War, shedding light on the American view of events and their opinions of their Allies?
posted by alasdair to society & culture (6 answers total)
I'm just finishing the second volume of Arthur Bryant's "The Alanbrook War Diaries". Alan Brook was the top British (Empire) soldier, the Chief of the Imperial General Staff. The books are fascinating, but they naturally have a a British point-of-view on such issues as the importance of the Italian campaign, the ability of Eisenhower and how good a general Monty was.
From reading between the lines of this memoir and from other conversations I have become aware of some very different American opinions (the Brits were windy cowards, Eisenhower was a great general, Monty was a vain and ambitious fool.) Can anyone recommend a memoir or volume that might provide me with the American view ? Marshall? Eisenhower? Roosevelt?