OK, read it right through, and actually felt sorry when I came to the end ( always a good sign ). I shan't add too much to the reviews above : this is a serious book by an academic who has studied his subject long and hard ( definitely not a hack-job of purely secondary sources ). Prof. Buckley is I think quite even-handed ( and there is a lot of criticism of the British Army, especially in the Arnhem section). The reality of the not-inconsiderable politics involved is covered well, and I particularly appreciated the authors' citing of the achievements of the Royal Engineers. One snippet I hadn't realised - one Engineers column consisted of 366 vehicles...... There is no shrill finger-pointing and I enjoyed the book also as a reasonable overview of the NW Europe campaign. Crucially, it is very well-written - certainly not a dry-as-dust recitation - my main gripe was at a rather high level of silly little typos ( almost as if the publisher used a predictive-text spellchecker ). It also has a superb bibliography which has already had me hitting the 'Buy It Now' button. One last criticism - about half of the book is devoted to Normandy ( understandable, as that is the author's specialist subject ) but it felt a little unbalanced and rushed toward the end. OTOH, I liked that many smaller incidents are woven into the book ( eg Wittmann's death, Moissy Ford, and so on ) which added to my reading pleasure. I liked the book a lot, and shall return to it I'm sure.