Max Hastings is my new favourite historian. It seems he trumps [a:Antony Beevor|3407|Antony Beevor|http://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1338559644p2/3407.jpg], although I'll have to dig up Beevor and poke around again. An intense, heavily researched work of the last year of Germany's war, wherein Hastings' key skill is to flick back and forth between Allied and Axis forces in the battle to illustrate the feelings, ideologies, mindset, and occasionally-ironic outcomes that ensue. Plus the Hastings wikipedia entry leads to maxhastings.com, and then after leaving my compliments through the website's function, Sir Hastings actually replied!
thank you so much for your exceptionally and extravagantly kind words, warmly appreciated. Best wishes and do hope you enjoy Nemesis, Max Hastings
The author is taking care of his fans!!! 5/5
Good points of this historian:
strict, sparse, terse style without embellishment or noticeable entry of historian's own personality to work. skillfully written with strong summarization skills and the previously noted strong point of showing both sides of the battle. combines ideologies, 'overall practice/doctrine,' history, and technology into a seamless whole, providing requisite quantitative statistics as well as personal stories/accounts.
good coverage of the second airborne operation after Market Garden.
historian's capability to be a part of his living community; brings more attention to a forgotten operation of WW2; the "second airborne jump," the operation after the famous Market-Garden
further research reveals:
there is some controversy regarding Hastings' take on some issues. firstly, could the allied have "cut the bulge off at the root"; possibly, at some risk to their own flanks. secondly, was the air campaign pretty ineffectual at breaking morale? well, there was no coup, but war is not fought with little finesse like strategems is it?