Wall Street Journal, October 7, 2006"Generals don't make the best
memoirists, mainly because they embellish while writing for
posterity; the higher the rank, the worse the tome. The exception
is the breathtaking autobiography of Field Marshal Erich von
Manstein, the brilliant author of many Germany victories against
the Soviets in World War II. Dismissive of oft-cited 'turning
points,' such as the German defeat at Stalingrad, von Manstein
contends that the war was never winnable for Germany because of the
leader prosecuting it. As for Hitler's once much-vaunted kinship
with regular soldiers, he says the Fuehrer had 'as little in common
with the thoughts and emotions of soldiers as had his party with
the Prussian virtues which it was so fond of invoking.' Coming from
Hitler's greatest general, it's a most effective filleting."
WWII History, December 2005"Manstein's Lost Victories is definitely one of the more interesting and informative German autobiographies to emerge from World War II. New publisher Zenith Press is to be commended for republishing it."