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One needs to look beyond the prior reviews when thinking about this book. It provides a rich, detailed history of the battle and gives the entire context of the period in which the battle takes place. The work is not for the faint of heart, however. The author examines a complicated period of history, a period that is much more complicated than most moder readers are aware. However, the listner is well rewarded for sticking with it. If you just want a blow-by-blow of the battle, pick another book. If you want to know the motivations and the mistakes of the leaders involved as well as the complicated interrelationships that shaped and drove the events of the time, then this book should not be missed.
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As hard as I tried I could not remember the name of every Cabinet Minister, Lord, Baron, et al plus every battleship and minelayer involved in this fiasco.
Churchill will lose a notch or two on your admiration scale after you read about the long term consequences of his overly daring, ill-conceived, disastrous plan.
Churchill has been credited with coining the phrase An Iron Curtain has descended across Europe after WW II ended. Churchills campaign as Lord of the Admiralty during WW I contributed significantly to the rise of Communism as the Russians had to cede massive amounts of land to Germany for peace, giving the Red army a free hand to destroy the White army allowing communism to thrive.
If you do get this book DO NOT miss the epilogue, it is an eye opener.
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