The Second World War
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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
Beevor's fame as a writer of narrative history is very much based on his histories of Second World War battles - Stalingrad, Berlin : the downfall 1945, and D-Day : the battle for...more
While the writing is not the breathtaking sort often reached for by the likes of Weinberg, it is readable and enjoy...more
In the book, Beevor effectively introduces the early onsets...more
I did not sit down and read this book through in one sitting. To be honest I've had it for several months and I read it chapter by chapter in between all of the other books I have read this summer. It was too much war for me to take all at once. That does not mean that it was a bad...more
As the author himself states, The Second World War was written to fill in his own gaps in knowledge of what happened in the conflict. As such, a lot of the material here m...more
The book as alway is well researched and brings an level of detail to the whole war in a concise (?) book.
Beevor brings the events to life with extracts...more
Whereas the books I have mentioned above concentrated on particular engagements during the Second World War this book gave a high level overview of the whole history of the War, from the very beginning and the Sino Japanese War to victory in the East.
Each section is well writte...more
A single volume history of the whole of the second world war is, of course, bound to be only a summary, however with this book the author manages to bring to life the characters behind the big decisions, whilst at the same time giving an insight into the very human tragedies of those who were caught up in events to large for them to control, and in many cases to large for them survive.
The book gives some new...more
OK... wrist aching experience concluded!!
I think I have to say that, if you knew nothing about WW2 and needed to learn about the war, and could only read one book about it, then this would absolutely have to be the one. Concise (! but heavy), and encapsulates the war from China, to Europe to Africa to the Pacific in a very readable and engaging format. It helps to make sense of the alliances (on both sides),...more
In his style, Beevor writes in a way that makes it difficult to put the book down. As ever, it's not simply a chronological arrangement of events but a story which is endlessly fascinating.
For all this, it is clear to the reader that Bee...more
Compared to older history boo...more
You get a really strong sense of how quickly it all happened, how panicky everyone was and how completely unprepared we must have felt, and how futile it was too. The narrative jumps between grand descriptions of entire battles and snapshots of the lives of individuals given by quotes or other details, but it all the time feels like a very natural progression, which is difficu...more
Oh, and I'll shamelessly plug the interview I held with Antony Beevor last year.
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I read this book to try and put all the pieces of the puzzle of World War II together. The book does...more
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The things I enjoyed about it:
** Very easy to read writing style. I felt as though I was sitting across the table from someone telling me the story of the Second World War.
** It encompasses both Eastern and Western theatres. Many Western books under-tell the war in Asia, especially...more
Throughout the story there are numerous anecdotes and diary extracts from soldiers and civilians caught in the conflicts that ensure the story never becomes to abstract. In fact, the horrific experiences...more