Monty and Rommel: Parallel Lives

Author(s): Peter Caddick-Adams


Two men came to personify generalship in the Second World War: Bernard Montgomery for the British and Erwin Rommel for the Germans.

In the span of a few short years, they fought a series of extraordinary duels across several theaters of war. Ever since, historians have assessed their outstanding leadership, personalities, and skill. Monty and Rommel is the first comparative biography written of these two extraordinary soldiers. It explores how each was "made" by their war leaders, Churchill and Hitler, and how the thoughts of both permeate down to today's armies.


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A stunning debut by a major new historian. Described by BBC History Magazine as 'A quite brilliant piece of writing ... a brilliant book written with passion and verve ...' The first comparative biography of two of the most charismatic, and strategically important, military leaders of the Second World War.

"A quite brilliant piece of writing. Here in a single volume we have a first-rate expose of two of the war's best known commanders... if Caddick-Adams were a landscape painter his book would be the equivalent of Monet, full of rich intriguing colours and patterns. The resultant effect is "spectacular", and Caddick-Adams is to be congratulated on his achievement... a brilliant book written with passion and verve." - Robert Lyman for "BBC History Magazine Book of the Month" "Impressive... one of the best military histories of the year." - Richard Holmes

Peter Caddick Adams is a Lecturer at Cranfield Military Academy specialising in military history and media operations working alongside Richard Holmes. His special areas of interest are battlefield history and he researches in Military Doctrine and Leadership. He has led over 200 visits to more than 50 battlefields around the world. He joined the Territorial Army in 1985 and served as a military media advisor in the rank of major until his recent retirement.

General Fields

  • : 9781848091542
  • : Penguin Random House
  • : Preface Publishing
  • : 0.484
  • : May 2012
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 40mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : July 2012
  • : books

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  • : 712
  • : Paperback
  • : Peter Caddick-Adams