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Arnhem: The Battle for the Bridges, 1944

By Antony Beevor (Viking, £25)

Another year, another sonorously-titled masterwork from the most feted military historian of our time. Here he takes on the Allied forces’ 1944 dart into the Netherlands, an airborne operation championed by Field Marshal Montgomery, Britain’s most senior commander, which aimed to take the lower Rhine and thrust Hitler’s army back on its heels. It was a daring, bold plan—and it was also a disaster. Beevor puts the blame for that failure squarely on Monty’s shoulders.

The irascible Field Marshal was desperate for a big success, and Operation Market Garden, as it came to be known, was intended to secure Monty’s authority among the Allied top brass. He wanted command over all Allied forces in Western Europe, including the Americans. But US officers hated the idea of taking orders from the Brit and that antagonism drove Montgomery in search of the success that would give him unquestioned authority. But the planning was flawed. The supply routes were impassible and the Germans were ready for a fight. Communications collapsed and the most important advantage— surprise—was lost.

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In Prospect’s May issue: More than a dozen writers critique the current state of economics, suggesting there are still lessons to learn more than a decade on from the financial crash. Howard Reed writes that the ideas we hold about the way economics works need to be ripped up. Ten of the world’s best living economists explain what, in their view, is the single most important lesson economics still has to learn, and Linda Yueh suggests what three of the past masters would think about economics today. Elsewhere in the issue: Vernon Bogdanor outlines why Brexit could cause a constitutional crisis in Britain; Jean H Lee explains why young South Koreans don’t want their country to reunify with their Northern neighbours; Sian Norris writes about the coming battle over abortion and shows where the UK ranks among its European peers; and Sonia Purnell profiles Jacob Rees-Mogg.
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