The first line in Rommel and Patton, after the rigmarole with the foreword, prologue, acknowledgements and list of German terms, is:
"The tension in the room was palpable."
What happens in a Rohmer war novel? Hitler takes a meeting.
Can business travel be far behind?
I couldn't be happier.
On a -- oh let's call it "conservative" -- note, in the acknowledgements, Rohmer cites "David Irving's classic The Trail of the Fox." I'm a grown-up and I can enjoy a book by someone whose politics aren't my own, but Trail of the Fox wasn't even very old when Rohmer wrote Rommel and Patton. Calling it a classic makes it feel like Rohmer is going out of his way to praise a guy with holocaust denial issues. By 1986, we kind of knew which team David Irving was cheering for, and that it clouded his judgement. If you still felt like you needed to source his work, and you didn't want to creep people out, you were obliged to do it in a values-neutral way, and leave it at that.
Especially if you were going to list only two books by name as the research for yours.
In his brief foreword, William Stephenson travels off road to
slag Russia and get in Patton's quote about "We have been fighting the
wrong army." His prerogative, I suppose, but a little icky, too.