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Wavell: Soldier and Statesman by Victoria Schofield (2007-01-11)

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  • By jean stoten on December 27, 2013

    The book is very well-written. It gives a comprehensive account of Wavell's life and career from Sandhurst to Field Marshall to Viceroy of India, as well as providing insight into the character of a very complex man.

  • By J. A. Brittain on January 22, 2012

    This is an odd book. The original biographies by Connell and Roberts gave us all we needed to know about Wavell's life story. Then came Lewin's The Chief, which analyzed his military capabilities and record in a straightforward and objective way. Now comes this obviously sympathetic woman with a long biography that's very heavy on his relationships with family and friends, but nothing particularly new about his public record.After reading them all, the impression of Wavell is that he was in the wrong line of work: he should have been a writer or teacher or something, where he could have had time to sit back and think about things, rather than be responsible for great events. There's no question that he was an intelligent soldier, but his strengths would seem to have been better fit as a staff officer, rather than in line field command.Moreover, the claims for his stoicism and imperturbableness are slightly smudged by his overt request for Field Marshal rank and his petulance at the way he was treated by Churchill; there's a strain of self-pity in such actions.With what others saw as "lack of drive", coupled with his admitted laziness, all on top of his incurable taciturnity (which he ascribed to boyhood shyness), he was clearly miscast in roles of supreme command. Churchill probably treated him rudely, but he wasn't far off the mark when he thought him fitted to be "the chairman of a golf club".

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