Author(s): Daniel Allen Butler
For all his military genius, Rommel was naive, a man who could admire Adolf Hitler at the same time that he despised the Nazis, dazzled by a F?hrer whose successes blinded him to the true nature of the Third Reich. The quintessential German patriot, who ultimately would refuse to abandon his moral compass, so when on that pivotal day in June 1944 he came to understand that he had mistakenly served an evil man and evil cause. He would still fight for Germany even as he abandoned his oath of allegiance to the F?hrer, when he came to realize that Hitler had morphed into nothing more than an agent of death and destruction. In the end Erwin Rommel was forced to die by his own hand, not because, as some would claim, he had dabbled in a tyrannicidal conspiracy, but because he had committed a far greater crime ? he dared to tell Adolf Hitler the truth. In Field Marshal historian Daniel Allen Butler not only describes the swirling, innovative campaigns in which Rommel won his military reputation, but assesses the temper of the man who finally fought only for his country, and no dark depths beyond.