Field-Marshal Montgomery was a controversial figure in the minds of many and his memoirs have been awaited with some trepidation and considerable curiosity. Here they are -- and deserve to become a classic both in the manuals of war and the field of autobiography. To his admirers, here is ample justification and supporting evidence of the greatness of the man, of his brilliance as a strategist and tactician, of the rightness of his concepts, of the courage of his opposition to his chiefs, when it seemed necessary- while conceding their authority in final decisions -- and above all of the humanity of the man in relation to his soldiers, at every level, his humor, his understanding. From his mother came some of the strength in discipline, from his father the gentleness in comprehension. His detractors will find it hard to see where he was wrong, for time and again his judgments proved right, though they were contrary to the top brass. And yet there is nothing of boastfulness in his memoirs. He presents the facts, quoting the record. He reports his presentation of opposing viewpoints -- and where his criticisms were accepted, where rejected -- and the outcome. He was adored by his men, respected and revered by his staff. Here is the whole story, unflagging in interest, whether he writes of events (and his war service covered virtually every field of battle), or of military strategy, or of his philosophy of war and life. Here is a great autobiography of a great man.