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Field Marshal Viscount Slim (1891-1970) led shattered British forces from Burma to India in one of the lesser-known but more nightmarish retreats of World War II. He then restored his army's fighting capabilities and morale with virtually no support from home and counterattacked. His army's slaughter of Japanese troops ultimately liberated India and Burma.

The first edition of Defeat into Victory, published in 1956, was an immediate sensation selling 20,000 copies within a few days. This is an updated version with a new introduction by David W. Hogan Jr.

©1956 Viscount William Slim (P)2021 Tantor

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Having read around 50 books about WWII in the past few years I can confidently say that this is one of the best. It was written by a person with better knowledge of it's specific subject that maybe anyone else could possibly have. It is a human book written by a person unusually humble given what he accomplished.

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Should be required reading

If there were one book the I could make required reading for military cadets and leaders, this would be it. Field Marshall Slim is surely the most humble man ever to hold that rank in any army. His writing style is engaging and informative, and the gentleman who performed the reading is masterly. One of the best books I have listened to on Audible.

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Great book

Awesome story with very detailed accounts of how it was planned how it happened and how a commander should respond to that.

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A must read classic memoir

A timeless classic with lessons applicable to warfare, modern and post-modern (if that’s even a thing). Slim’s account is thorough, accurate and matter of fact. His openness and frank discussion of his own mistakes is refreshing and unlike any other memoir written by highly decorated generals/admirals. The book is full of gold nuggets for small unit leaders, mid level professionals, and strategic thinkers. The time spent in detail is not as ponderous as some official histories. Rather, Slim uses it to punctuate a point he is trying to make or expand on an example made in generality.

Any reading of the chronological histories should be accompanied by memoirs to provide a detailed and nuanced understanding from a certain perspective. Slim’s stands out for his grounded honesty, clear insights and wisdom, and the ability to take lessons forward deep into the future, if only we are willing to see and learn.

The narration was splendid and gave an air of British matter of fact ness that fit the writing style well. Unless thoroughly knowledgeable with the area circa 1940s, recommend having some maps of the operations handy, the ones in the hard copy book would do well.

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instructive and Detailed account of the Burma War

Should be read with a map in hand, or a firm grasp of Burmese geography.
For military lessons, examine the afterword.
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