Professor Simon Ball discusses the best books about El Alamein

In a new interview, Professor Ball separates clichés from facts when recommending books on the Desert War.

Five Books asks experts to recommend their favourite books in a specialist subject and explain the selection in an interview.

Of the 300 books on El Alamein, some of them aren’t very good, but even the quite good ones are partisan.

Professor Simon Ball

In an extensive feature, Simon Ball, Professor of International History and Politics, explores the best of the huge number of books written about El Alamein, the Desert War and World War II.

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