Like the battle itself, this book could have been a disaster. Yet, Toland does a great job of making this confusing and chaotic battle understandable by focusing on the personal stories of the soldier. His writting style is economic as he tells heart wrenching, sometimes funny and incredible stories of how close this battle could have come to wiping out the gains the Allies had achieved since Normandy. The maps are very good and the short paragraphs detailing the action along the lines made it easy for the reader to create the mental picture of the battle. Good reading for someone who is not tactically literate.