This week's interview
Simon Ball recommends the best books on El Alamein
Churchill hailed the Allied victory at the Battle of El Alamein as "the end of the beginning" for Hitler in World War II. But in that very same speech, he downplayed its significance. Historian Simon Ball separates clichés from facts and chooses the best of the vast number of books written about El Alamein, the Desert War and World War II in general.
Book of the day
Almanac of the Dead
by Leslie Marmon Silko
“Silko’s modern-day almanac takes into account the long history of indigenous colonisation... She depicts Geronimo as a border-crossing trickster-like figure.”