The Second World War

The Second World War

Book - 2012
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Over the past two decades, Antony Beevor has established himself as one of the world's premier historians of WWII. His multi-award winning books have included Stalingrad and The Fall of Berlin 1945 . Now, in his newest and most ambitious book, he turns his focus to one of the bloodiest and most tragic events of the twentieth century, the Second World War.

In this searing narrative that takes us from Hitler's invasion of Poland on September 1st, 1939 to V-J day on August 14th, 1945 and the war's aftermath, Beevor describes the conflict and its global reach--one that included every major power. The result is a dramatic and breathtaking single-volume history that provides a remarkably intimate account of the war that, more than any other, still commands attention and an audience.

Thrillingly written and brilliantly researched, Beevor's grand and provocative account is destined to become the definitive work on this complex, tragic, and endlessly fascinating period in world history, and confirms once more that he is a military historian of the first rank.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316023740
Branch Call Number: 940.54 BEE
Characteristics: xii, 863 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm

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MGallagher
Dec 19, 2013

Overall, I enjoyed this book and learned new information on different aspects of WWII. I hope A. Beevor writes many more books, he is such a good author.

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DougKJohnson
Aug 19, 2013

I am a huge Antony Beevor fan but this book just isn't up to the same standard as, for instance, "Stalingrad" or "The Fall of Berlin". First, he has taken on the impossible task of trying to cover a long and complex war in one volume - the details necessarily suffer. Secondly, the book just isn't edited as well as other Beevor works. It has a feeling in places that the book was rushed to the publisher. Still an excellent overview or starting point for the study of WWII.

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bette108
Jul 28, 2013

Very well researched and thorough. Also easy to read....

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SirWhiskers
Jan 09, 2013

Focusing primarily on the battles, this history of WW2 is really only suitable for the novice. The author can be harsh in his judgements, and while many may indeed be valid, he provides little explanation or support for them. Gerhard Weinberg's World at Arms is superior, with a narrower and deeper focus.

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