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Destiny in the Desert

The Road to El Alamein: The Battle that Turned the Tide of World War II

Published by Pegasus Books
Distributed by Simon & Schuster
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The definitive history of the battle of El Alamein?"The end of the beginning," as Churchill said?the bloody conflict that would change the course of World War II.

It was the Allied victory at the Battle of El Alamein in November 1942 that inspired one of Churchill's most famous aphorisms: “This is not the end, it is not even the beginning of the end, but it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”

In this thrilling historical account, Jonathan Dimbleby describes the political and strategic realities that lay behind the battle, charting the nail-biting months that led to the victory at El Alamein in November 1942.

Drawing on official records and the personal insights of those involved, Dimbleby creates a vivid portrait of a struggle which for Churchill marked the turn of the tide?and which for the soldiers on the ground involved fighting and dying in a foreign land.

16 pages of B&W photographs

Jonathan Dimbleby is a writer and filmmaker based in England. His five-part series on Russia was broadcast by BBC2 and accompanied by his book, Russia: A Journal to the Heart of a Land and its People: Destiny in the Desert was recently nominated for the Hessell-Tiltman History Prize.