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Desert Fox

By: Samuel W. Mitcham Jr.
Narrated by: Nigel Patterson
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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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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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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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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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So thorough and complete it became quite mundane sadly!

Amazing research and a thorough biography on facts figures battles wins and losses!
Came across quite dry and unemotional .. maybe a reflection of Rommel s character!
Overall well worth the listen! A sad end so I suppose one is nt filled with positivity by the end so my score of 3 is probably a little unfair!

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Very informative and entertaining

Although I already knew most of the information that was described in this title it was never the less a very entertaining listen. The narrator usually is one of the most important things to me and it was handled to perfection here. This book is very informative but by no means too tedious in its depiction of the battles described. It was very enjoyable and I highly recommend it

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worth a listen

I find the book too be well written in some cases while in others to be very poor. The RAF is monstrously ignored and almost unmentioned in this book which is a shame because the books subject was clearly beaten in large part due to the RAF.

Tobruk is over simplified and the tank killer hurricanes are not mentioned at all.

overall the book is good and bad in places just like all things.

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Rommel's life

Great book. Gives a better overall look at the life and times of Germany's greatest military leader.

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Good overview of Rommel's military career

Helpful overview of Rommel's military career . Not incredibly detailed but provides an interesting insight into his realtionships with other German generals and Hitler. Worth a listen.

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Outstanding

This book is a wonderful insight to the best field commander the Nazis had.
His only downfall was the failure to be properly supplied and not given the freedom of leadership as Hitler controlled the actions of the military irrationally

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A German general worth admiring

I really enjoyed this book, more than I had anticipated. Gen Rommel was a true hero to Germany (its people) and a fierce adversary. In knowing more about him I have come to admire him greatly. I appreciate the education and history lesson. And thank goodness Hitler didn't listen to Rommel's advice on the Western Wall lest we have suffered even more to defeat Nazi Germany.

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  • 09-24-22

Fails to mention Bonner Fellers?

I really enjoyed this book, although it sounded more like an essay, perhaps due to the narration.

Rommel was no doubt a very good general. His reputation of being a genius, was no doubt aided, by the American Bonner Feller's broadcasts back to the States, which gave Rommel all the British plans and dispositions.

Bonner Feller was unaware he was using a code, which had been broken by the Germans. A code book had been stolen, photographed and then replaced back into the safe, where it had originally came from... .

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  • 02-21-21

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
  • 12-06-20

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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  • 06-24-20

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
  • 12-30-19

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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  • George Liptak
  • 12-21-19

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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