Ben Macintyre [is] a master storyteller ... It is a thrilling saga, breathtakingly told, full of daring and heroes; imaginative, even audacious, tactics; evocative code names; nighttime raids; and explosions across two continents ... One of the many virtues of this volume, broken into two sections, is the surprising small asides tucked into these pages, tiny truths that give the book depth along with derring-do.
...a rumbustious, polychromatic group portrait ... One of the remarkable aspects of Macintyre’s authorized-if-not-official history is that he keeps a cool hand on the theatrics while maintaining an edge-of-the-seat narrative ... little intimacies lighten tales burdened by scenes of death and carnage.
...what details Macintyre has gleaned from these dusty diaries and photographs! Even minor characters bristle with life ... This is a book about war, and some chapters make for uneasy reading ... Macintyre has produced yet another wonderful book.