Montgomery by Trevor Royle
Lessons in Leadership from the Soldier's General (World Generals)

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Bernard Law Montgomery was a dedicated battlefield tactician, though a controversial one. In North Africa in 1942, he commanded the Eighth Army to a great triumph against Rommel at El Alamein, which Churchill hailed as the beginning of the end of the war. During the planning stages for the invasion of Sicily, Montgomery proved himself to be a splendid organizer and a great believer in simplicity. But he was also known as a complicated man whose legacy remains tainted by his insensitive and boastful nature and desire for personal glory—all of which can have dangerous consequences on the battlefield. In the end, though, it was only due to Montgomery’s influence that the weight of the Allied attack at Normandy was increased, and the Allied success of D-Day owes much to his far-sightedness. In the field, especially during the planning stages, he was at his best. An inspirational commander whose self-confidence was legendary, Montgomery’s military life has proved to be a great lesson for leaders in the years since.
 

About Trevor Royle

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Trevor Royle is a well-known, highly respected writer on the history of war and empire who has written many books. He is an Associate Editor of the Sunday Herald and he is a regular commentator on international affairs for BBC radio. He lives in Edinburgh.
 
Published November 23, 2010 by Palgrave Macmillan Trade. 225 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, History, Travel, War, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Royle, an editor at The Sunday Herald, curiously chose Bernard Law Montgomery for Palgrave's World Generals series.

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