Tuesday, February 10, 2009

11. "Killing Rommel" - Steven Pressfield


Pressfield is famous for rendering ancient battles into emotional, tangible lessons in history. This is a more modern twist on the mythology of valor in war; in this case, World War II.

While the story is based on the factual missions to assassinate the German "Desert Fox," Rommel, in his posts in North Africa, Pressfield creates his own special command unit. Chapman is a lieutenant who is part of the ground unit.

In the past, I've been disappointed in Pressfield's lack of personal ties, but he has more than made up any errors in this novel. Chapman's relationships with his men are "the best times of [my] life," which is not how someone would intuit from the war. However, the descriptions of desert living and combat are amazing, as always. I'd love to see Pressfield take on more recent wars.

4.25 out of 5.0 Screaming Nazis.

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