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This is the strange and fascinating life of Erwin Rommel, from his days as a youth in Imperial Germany - when he had a child out of wedlock with an early girlfriend - through his lauded military exploits during World War I to his death by suicide during World War II, after he attempted a failed coup against Hitler.    

Rommel was a man of contradictions: a soldier who wrote a best-selling book about World War I, a commander who went from commanding Hitler's bodyguard to trying to kill him, and a serious military mind who was known for participating in practical jokes.    

In Desert Fox, author Samuel Mitcham (Bust Hell Wide Open) confronts the truth about Rommel and takes a close look at his military actions and reflections.

©2019 Samuel W. Mitcham, Jr. (P)2019 Tantor

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History without Bias.

The Military career of Erwin Rommel is related ‘straight down the line’. It is history without bias. On listening to this well researched and well narrated book one can appreciate the outstanding character of this renowned general, who gained the respect of his troops, his countrymen and many of the allies whilst constrained by one of the most unheeding leaders of all time.

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  • Al888
  • 19-05-2019

Amazing Detail, Amazing Story!

This book captures you in the very beginning filling you with interesting information and details on Rommel you may or may not have ever known. The detail of the African campaigns and Rommel’s amazing strategies to fight out his way out of jams when he was severely outnumbered. This book also brings to light that Rommel was not a nazi, but a courageous field marshal. This book very much exposes how politics in the nazi party eventually crushed their war efforts cronyism and poor decisions based on politics. This is one of the best books I have ever read!!! The narrator is fantastic and I will definitely grow my library of Samuel W Mitcham Jr. books. This book is written so well!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-11-2019

One Word: Excellent!!

This is one of the most fascinating reads I’ve had on WW2. Loved Rommel before for how he stood up to Hitler in addition to his exceptional generalship. However now that I’ve listened to this book I’m all the more intrigued. Absolute must-have for any history buff’s collection!!

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  • rhonda kizer
  • 08-05-2019

Excellent story!

The story of Rommel was well researched and well written. I enjoyed the narrator and his presentation. Lots of excellent information.
The story went fast. Left me wanting to know more.

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  • Peter
  • 25-04-2021

short on context

heavy focus on Rommels direct situation, naturally. but outside context can frequently shed light. for example Rommels meeting with Hitler and Goring on Nov 29th, 1942: the sixth army had just been surrounded at Stalingrad. that must have weighed heavily on Hitlers mind. and Goring had ludicrously promised to supply the sixth army by air - he could manage perhaps 1/10 of that. and the June battle of Midway had stopped Japan in its tracks. the ability of the US to simultaneously stop Japan at Midway and land 100,000 in North Africa must have shocked German leadership. Goring acting crazy, as Rommel reports, would seem to be the result of him and many others on Berlin knowing, at right around that time, that the war was lost. few if any of these global events are included in the timeline. surely Rommel himself must have been aware of many.

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  • Brian Goldsmith
  • 24-11-2020

Rommel was the man!!

Great book, about a military genus, highly recommend this book to any history lovers of ww2.

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  • E P S
  • 26-09-2020

another good book from this author

bought because I liked another book by this author and was pleased. happy with my purchase

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  • Richie Rich
  • 12-07-2020

Great Book!!

Listening to this book was like being at the Movies watching a old WW II movie!!

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  • abared01
  • 08-07-2020

Great historical perspective

Whether you’re just into history or into Rommel himself this is a great story and well narrated.

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  • Anonymous
  • 18-04-2020

Excellent book!

A great read/ listen on the Desert Fox Erwin Rommel! Very well detailed and very well written, though there is some definite bias towards Rommel, it's understandable where the author is coming from. Highly recommended.

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  • Hein Du Plessis
  • 12-04-2020

Wonderful, if a bit too heavy on detail

Great summary of a great man. Epic events told and narrated very well, but maybe too much detail in the blow by blow military movements.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-02-2021

Very good listen and brought the story to life.

As a historical book it was interesting and captive. I really enjoyed listening to this story about history gone bye.

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  • Christina Hollis
  • 06-12-2020

Put Aside Prejudice...

I debated for some time before downloading this as my father was involved (as a teenage squaddie) in D-day, and subsequently the defence of Caen. It seemed somehow disloyal, but having taken the plunge I’m glad I did. This is a fascinating story, read really well. Rommel was the ultimate professional soldier and very good at his job, although obviously not without his flaws. Give it a try, to get a different perspective on the Allied victory - and for confirmation that Hitler and his inner circle were every bit as terrible as history portrays them to be.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-06-2020

great book.... Nigel Patterson is a fantastic

hooked from the beginning great book. very well read. nice flow to the story and easy to follow.

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  • Áine Breen
  • 30-12-2019

A Must Read

loved it. A truly wonderful story of a German officer and gentleman who was admired by friends and enemies

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