All Hell Let Loose: The World at War, 1939-1945
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From one of our finest historians, a magisterial account of the most terrible event in history – World War II.
The horror of World War II touched the lives of millions across the globe. Few could find the words to describe it, only that the carnage they experienced resembled ‘all hell let loose’.
The eminent historian Max Hastings here enc...more
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Hell is empty and all the devils are here.
A fast ride through World War Two. This will be unspeakable, but we must speak.
Poland – the only nation in which there was no collaboration with the Nazis…
when the Soviets invaded Finland the Finns joked "There are so many and our country is so small, where shall we find room to bury them all?"…
A Norwegian officer reported that one British unit was composed of "very young lads who appear to come from the slums of London. They have taken ...more
Sometimes, during the course of my important work (maintaining a 60% win t ...more
Max Hastings never loses sight of his objective; to put into words an experience ...more
One of the potential pitfalls in being a student of history is temptation to fall into a deep and abiding pessimism about the general qualities of "human nature".
Historians a ...more
One of the disadvantages of a one volume work is that the ...more
The other asset is the authors’ ability to bring us to the ground level – to view situations from the perspective of the common soldier – whether from Britain, Russia, the U.S., Japan... The same for the civilians who suffered and e ...more
For one, Hastings moves away from a stories of heroic (the West) or grimly determined (the Soviets or Germans) armies and leaders. His focus is on the unbelievable suffering the war caused. He reminds us again and again how truly awful the war was, for nearly everyone involved. We learn about the immense cruelty perpetrated ...more
Much can be taken from this book and applied to the present, ensuring that we never again let the world fall into such darkness. However, conflicts still rage ...more
It might be hard to believe that anyone can write anything new about World War II given that libraries and bookstores are flooded with titles on the topic, but Hastings ...more
Max Hastings style makes this general history of World War2 a
compelling read. I often couldn't wait to pick it up again,
despite the fact that at 700 pages - on the heavy side.
There are many histories of the 'Good' War available, so to
differ, Hastings takes the tack of using the stories of
many participants be they in the trenches or at the home
front to not necessarily prove points, but to illustrate them.
He also has a keen way of laying out the different sides of
an event without being overl ...more
There is only one caveat I would place against someone's enjoyment of this book - it is better to read this after you are somewhat familiar with the progression of the war, and its key figures.
One of my fears about picking up this book was that I might have encountered some of the material elsewhere. Whilst it i ...more
Hastings has very strong point of view and for the most part makes coherent arguments in favor of those POVs. How ...more
It is nevertheless very well constructed and shows a judicious balanced view of military performance, including the idea that only a society as brutal and barbarous as Stalin's Soviet Union stood much chance of defeating Hitler. Something like 90% of German casualties were fighting the ...more
The author does an incredible job of condensing WWII into one book that covers all the main points of the war and gives enough detailed information to make a person quite knowledgeable about ...more
For long streches though, Hastings can't seem to help himself and the narrative dis ...more
But the book is far too broad to constitute the sort of history Hastings wishes to provide ...more
And there is little doubt that the 675 pages of "All Hell Let Loose", also known as "Inferno" for the US audience, should be enough to deliver a thorough account of all the main events of World War Two.
Potential skepticals on the ability of Mr Hastings to portray such an important period of history on a worldwide scale will be stunned to find fifty-nine (59 ...more
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Hastings was educated at Charterhouse School and University College, Oxford, which he left after a year.After leaving Oxford University, Max Hastings became a foreign c ...more