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No End Save Victory: Perspectives on World War II

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This collection of forty-four essays covers a wide range of World War II subjects and is written by bestselling and award-winning historians. Some highlights include Caleb Carr on Poland in 1939, the only campaign that Hitler won; Stephen E. Ambrose on a pivotal battle to take the Rhine; John Keegan on the siege of Berlin; Victor Davis Hanson on the charismatic and controv ...more
Hardcover, 688 pages
Published April 2nd 2001 by Putnam Adult (first published 2001)
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K.D. Absolutely
Sep 06, 2011 K.D. Absolutely rated it liked it
Shelves: history, war, non-fiction
I started reading this book last Friday, Sept 1st 2011. I decided to read this as my way of remembering my dad who died on the same day 14 years ago. I did not know if he read any war books but I saw how attentive he was whenever a war movie was on the telly. When he migrated to the US, my brother regularly rented war movies just to make my dad happy.

This book, NO END SAVE VICTORY is an anthology of 7 unforgettable stories by 7 most respected and well-known military historians. This book offer
Justin Tapp
Jun 13, 2014 Justin Tapp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These books are a collection of essays by WWII historians like Stephen E. Ambrose. Some of the essays are extended excerpts from books by the authors and others are original essays highlighting some little-known or little-reported aspects about the war. If you're a history or WWII fan, I highly recommend these.

Among the most interesting are a re-printing of a diary of a Japanese kamikaze pilot who survived his attack and was captured. The profile of General Edwin P. King, who surrendered the lar
Apr 11, 2016 Steve added it
This is a fine book of short pieces covering different WW2 angles. It shouldn't be anyone's introduction to the subject, but is a great quick take at a sophisticated level of numerous aspects of the war. This is a worthwhile book.

But this isn't really a review but a rant. It's the title, "No End Save Victory", especially from an American perspective. I think it's extremely unfortunate in that it's accurate. My thesis: the US expended prodigious treasure and blood to achieve "Victory" and nothin
Sean Seger
Apr 17, 2008 Sean Seger rated it really liked it
Well like any collection of essays, the book is only as good as the current essay you are reading. Most of them were really well done. Some weren't. But overall it was a good book that brought to light new takes and details on events I kind of take for granted that I already knew.
Tom Schulte
Great collection of deep views into many different facets of this manifold topic. I was particulary impressed with the stories of the attempted coup in Japan, the Flying Fortress tailgunner diary, and the behind-the-scenes stories of Bataan and the Bridge at Remagen.
Frederick Bingham
Jan 01, 2012 Frederick Bingham rated it really liked it
I listened to this on cassette on the way home from a meeting in Beaufort.This is a series of seven essays on relatively obscure aspects of WWII by various authors, Cowley is the editor. Some of the most interesting are these:Diary of a Tail Gunner is a series of diary entries from a soldier who served in a bomber crew in England. He describes various missions over Germany and occupied France. His harrowing descriptions of being chased by german fighter planes and getting shot at are amazing.The ...more
Steve Scott
May 26, 2016 Steve Scott rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, military
I just finished the audio book on a long drive from a Indiana to Kansas. It's a collection of essays on WW II by various authors. Leo Burmester did a decent job of reading it.

It's very good. John Gabay's "Diary Of A Tail Gunner" in particular stood out.

I don't normally do audio books...but I'm going to have to start! I can "read" while driving.
Oct 03, 2014 Greynomad rated it really liked it
Just incredible stories from WWII………..
Apr 03, 2008 Travis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Collection of brief articles/accounts on various, lesser-known episodes from the Second World War. Some are absolute gems, such as the account of the attempted palace coup in Japan at the very end of the war?
Kenn Stacy
Feb 24, 2013 Kenn Stacy rated it really liked it
Like the subtitle says, PERSPECTIVES. It has been a while, but I REMEMBER reading it.
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Robert Cowley is an American military historian, who writes on topics in American and European military history ranging from the Civil War through World War II. He has held several senior positions in book and magazine publishing and is the founding editor of the award-winning MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History; Cowley has also written extensively and edited three collections of essays ...more
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