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This is a unique single-volume history of the road to El Alamein - 'the end of the beginning' - and the bloody battle that followed...It was the British victory at the Battle of El Alamein in November 1942 that inspired one of Churchill's most famous aphorisms: 'it is not the end nor is it the beginning of the end, but it is the end of the beginning'. And yet the true significance of this iconic episode remains unrecognised. 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 at every level, 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.

©2012 Jonathan Dimbleby (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Destiny in the Desert review

What did you love best about Destiny in the Desert?

The detail and elaborating discussions regarding the different commanders thoughts and historians previous thoughts about there actions. Allot off information regarding UK's situation in world and Churchill's need for a second front.

What did you like best about this story?

It had a good tempo with short diversions from the time axis.

What three words best describe Jonathan Dimbleby’s performance?

Good narration

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

History in the desert

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  • J H
  • 07-23-17

I hoped for a book more like FitSimmons Tobruk. The naval and air war are left out. There are some repetitions of quotes.

Narration was somewhat flat and moist sounding. Too geopolitical. Too little about the air war

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  • qwerty
  • 11-18-16

Painfully evenly balanced.

Scrupulously in its honesty this rendering of a very large and complex subject conjures up for me the intensity of the times. It was well read andwell researched. I shall endeavour to listen to more of this authors works but this will be a hard act to follow.

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  • PDS
  • 11-04-16

Outstanding!

Well narrated marvellous content and very interesting!highly recommended for anyone interested in ww2 in general

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  • M. A. Burgess
  • 10-20-16

Great history, well read

A good balance between politics and battle, well paced and impartial. Some slight naval inaccuracies!

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  • Christopher MacLennan
  • 02-05-16

epic

easy to take on board, well thought out and very well told. I love dimblebys style of writing

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  • LET
  • 07-06-16

Destiny in the desert

A well written and read book. I have read his book about the battle in the Atlantic which was very good. A great Author. Lesley