A FIELD-MARSHAL IN THE FAMILY: A Personal Biography of Montgomery of Alamein by Brian Montgomery

A FIELD-MARSHAL IN THE FAMILY: A Personal Biography of Montgomery of Alamein

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Field-Marshal Bernard Montgomery, who led the British evacuation at Dunkirk, commanded the Eighth Army (against Rommel) in North Africa as well as in Sicily and Italy, was field commander of all ground forces in the invasion of Normandy, and so on, is here limned by his youngest brother Brian, himself a retired lieutenant colonel. But this is less a portrait of the Monty who never lost a campaign and became the most idolized British officer of World War II than it is a gallery of Montgomeries stretching back 900 years. The author is most deeply interested in how heredity and environment produced the Field-Marshal. His mother, a martinet with nine children, caned Bernard when he was caught smoking at 15. His father was a famous bishop, his mother's father a Dean of Canterbury, famous author and Headmaster of Marlborough College, his father's father put down a mutiny in India. Bernard grew up with the absolute conviction that he was always right about everything and he was apt to take credit that often should have gone to associates or underlings. By a bit of word juggling, Brian keeps his brother's record clean about having lost the battle of Arnhem -- Monty lost the battle but won the campaign. Way overpriced!

Pub Date: Aug. 19th, 1974
Publisher: Taplinger