The Second World War

The Second World War

Book - 2012
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Using the most up-to-date scholarship and research, and writing with clarity and compassion, Beevor assembles the whole picture of the Second World War in a gripping narrative that extends from the North Atlantic to the South Pacific, from the snowbound steppe to the North African Desert, to the Burmese jungle, SS Einsatzgruppen in the borderlands, Gulag prisoners drafted into punishment battalions, and to the unspeakable cruelties of the Sino-Japanese War.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780316023740
0316023744
Branch Call Number: 940.54 BEE
Characteristics: xii, 863 p., [32] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 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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