Format Hardcover
Publication Date 09/07/13
ISBN 9781605984797
Trim Size / Pages 9.3 x 6.4 in / 560

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Destiny in the Desert

The Road to El Alamein: The Battle that Turned the Tide of World War II

Jonathan Dimbleby

The definitive history of the battle of El Alamein—"The end of the beginning," as Churchill said—the bloody conflict that would change the course of World War II.

It was the Allied victory at the Battle of El Alamein in November 1942 that inspired one of Churchill's most famous aphorisms: “This is not the end, it is not even the beginning of the end, but it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” In this thrilling historical account, Jonathan Dimbleby describes the political and strategic realities that lay behind the battle, charting the nail-biting months that led to the victory at El Alamein in November 1942. Drawing on official records and the personal insights of those involved, Dimbleby creates a vivid portrait of a struggle which for Churchill marked the turn of the tide—and which for the soldiers on the ground involved fighting and dying in a foreign land.

Jonathan Dimbleby is a writer and filmmaker based in England. His five-part series on Russia was broadcast by BBC2 and accompanied by his book, Russia: A Journal to the Heart of a Land and its People. Destiny in the Desert was recently nominated for the Hessell-Tiltman History Prize.

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Endorsements & Reviews

“A triumph. The pace of the narrative is tremendous and the judgments are fascinating. This is a brilliant effort—when confronted by work of this quality I get carried away by enthusiasm.” Harold Evans, author of The American Century and former president of Random House
“Dimbleby's new perspective returns the Desert War to its deserved place as one of the pivotal campaigns of the Second World War.” Niall Barr, author of Pendulum of War
“An engrossing read, focusing on grand strategy.” Martin Kitchen, author of Rommel's Desert War
“Dimbleby tells the story with confidence of a man who knows the historical terrain intimately.” The Financial Times