SLIM, Field-Marshal Sir William Defeat into Victory. London, Cassell and Company,, .
8vo. Original cloth, in unclipped dust-jacket; pp. xi, 576, with portrait frontispiece and 21 fold-out maps; light offsetting from endpapers, slight marginal tears to wrapper, a very good copy.
First edition, second printing, two months after the first. A personal narrative of the war in Burma by the Commander-in-Chief British forces, and now generally considered as one of the great military memoirs of all time. After the war, 'during Slim's seven years in Australia, where he displayed, in a very different setting, the personal qualities that had drawn people to him throughout his career, he wrote what will be his most enduring monument, Defeat into Victory (1956), which stands as the best English-language army commander's memoir of the twentieth century. Written with grace and marked by self-deprecating humour, it describes exactly how he exercised high command, including candid avowals of error (ODNB).