Reviews

  • This <b>absorbing new account of the battle</b> with the eye for telling detail which we have come to expect from Antony Beevor. . . this time, though, he turns his brilliance as a military historian to a subject not just of defeat, but dunderhead stupidity.

    Daily Mail
  • Beevor tells a story that is more human and complex than what he calls "the great myth of heroic failure", a tale of vanity, hubris, occasional incompetence, human frailty and remarkable grit. . . <b>In Beevor's hands, Arnhem becomes a study of national character</b>.

    The Times
  • <b>Antony Beevor's magnificent account</b>. . . Beevor's skill lies in his ability to recreate the tumultuous brutality of battle. . . With stark honesty, Beevor describes the terrible panoply.

    The Times
  • <b>The analysis he has produced of the disaster is forensic</b>. Aficionados of military history will revel in Beevor's microscopic detail, with every skirmish given its rightful place. . . Beevor's prodigious research has nevertheless unearthed many treasures, particularly his record of the sufferings of Dutch civilians who risked their necks by nursing wounded allied soldiers.

    Sunday Times
  • <b>Complete mastery of both the story and the sources</b>. The beauty is in the details. . . . This gripping book, with its tightly focused timescale and subject matter, shows him once again at his very best.

    Literary Review
  • <b>Another masterwork from the most feted military historian of our time</b>. . . Does the story need to be retold? Beevor is such a good writer, with a gift for clarity and a knack for the telling personal portrait, that the answer is undoubtedly yes.

    Prospect Magazine
  • <b>Our greatest chronicler of the Second World War </b>. . . The drama of manoeuvre and counter-thrust, the courage and cowardice of soldier and civilian, the follies and vanities of commanders, which are especially rich in this story, are deployed with colour and humanity. <b>His fans will love it</b>.

    Evening Standard
  • As Antony Beevor showed in <i>Stalingrad</i>, <b>he is a master of his craft</b> as a military historian. . . We have here a <b>definitive account</b> of one of the most painful episodes of the Second World War.

    The Tablet
  • It is, in short, a chapter of the Second World War that was crying out for the storytelling talents of Sir Antony Beevor, <b>arguably the finest narrative historian of his generation</b>. This is the result - and his many fans will not be disappointed . . . <b>Beevor's particular skill is his ability to unearth new sources that articulate the experience of war felt by ordinary people</b>: soldiers and civilians, men and women. . . Beevor has produced another <b>superb book, tirelessly researched and beautifully written</b>, that will long be the benchmark for this subject.

    Daily Telegraph
  • Beevor's superlative new book . . . <i><b>Arnhem </b></i><b>sees him return to Stalingrad form</b>. Forensic is too soft a word to describe the breadth of detail he brings.

    Daily Express, *****
  • The compressed time scale and limited strategic scope of Market Garden ideally suit the author's <b>testimony-rich</b> approach . . . Beevor is a <b>highly accomplished</b> architect of what the American literary scholar Samuel Hynes calls 'battlefield gothic': the nightmarish horrors and absurdities of combat

    Wall Street Journal
  • On holiday I read and am wholly absorbed by Antony Beevor's <i>Arnhem</i>. Though I am defeated by much of the military detail, <b>the human side of the action, the troops in the gliders, their fears and all too often their fates, are beautifully told</b>, with some of the bloodshed and killing unbearable

    Diary 2018
  • <b>This is destined to be a World War II military history classic</b> . . . Beevor's superb latest offering, in keeping with his established record of excellence, is a must-read

    Publishers' Weekly
  • <i>Arnhem</i> brings a wealth of new detail to a major World War II disaster . . . Beevor brings to the familiar story a vast amount of research in German, British, American, Polish, and Dutch archives. As usual, his narrative bristles with specifics, including countless observations gleaned from eyewitnesses to every stage of Market Garden. <b>Devoted readers of military history will enjoy the wealth of details </b>

    The Christian Science Monitor
  • With devastating command of his subject, Antony Beevor shows how one commander's hubris destroyed an army . . . No one beats Beevor at recreating the bewildering cacophony of war

    The Times, History Book of the Year