How to Lose WWII: Bad Mistakes of the Good War
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How to Lose WWII: Bad Mistakes of the Good War

3.25 of 5 stars 3.25  ·  rating details  ·  28 ratings  ·  8 reviews
An engrossing and fact-filled collection of the great screwups of the Great War

Never had there been a war on the scale of World War II—a global conflict so widespread and involving so many different military organizations from such a diverse pool of combatant countries that the consequences of every decision, both the brilliant and the bad, were multiplied one hundredfold....more
ebook, 304 pages
Published August 10th 2010 by HarperCollins e-books (first published July 25th 2010)
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Matt Allen
Half the reason I bought it was the cover and title, which seemed to indicate a fresh and interesting take on the war. But make no mistake, this is an awful, thrown together, and inconsistantly written book that only gets one star because the underlying material is so interesting. Spelling errors, overuse of confusing and unnecessary military designations, repeated subjects, and corny chapter titles made this book almost embarrassing to hold in a crowded plane.

But at least now I finally have a...more
Joshua Emil
From previous reviews, most did not receive this well and but still I respect their opinion and stand on it. Here's what I can say to why this has a 3.5 rating.

I bought this because I thought that it would provide analysis on the mistakes and the correct things to do that made an engagement favorable to a belligerent. I moved from essay to essay only to realize that it's more of a criticism of combat rather than an analysis. Furthermore,some were the retelling of what happened without explaining...more
Dachokie
A Good Overview ..., August 30, 2010

First, the downsides of the book: I purchased this book hoping it would delve into recent discoveries or documents that shed light on blunders that affected the outcome of World War II. Unfortunately, for me, this was not the case because "How to Lose WWII" did not present any new or groundbreaking information. Alas, there is the issue with the title; it is a little deceptive as book's contents exclusively deal with the war in Europe, as there is no substantiv...more
Matt Cox
This book is about the mistakes made by both sides during the war. It covered everything from the near defeat of Britain at Dunkirk to the destruction of the German 6th army at Stalingrad. This wasn't a book that went on and on about a single military campaign; it covered everything in a short and easy to read way. The way things were presented in this book was great, with occasional humor that only someone who knew about World War II would understand. For example, in the back of the book, ther...more
John Lomnicki,
This is a compilation, most of the articles were very well done, a few were ok. Definitely a book with insight into WW2 strategy.
Matthew Clark
Meh. Mr. Fawcett has assembled several essays of varying quality. Some of them are great and easy to understand. Some of them are quite difficult to figure out (would it really kill you to include a map of a remote battlefield in Tunisia?) The result is a somewhat random book.

Oh, and I guess I should point out that there was this whole other side of World War II called the Pacific campaign. You know, Japan, China, the US, etc.? He could have at least taken the obvious choice of Pearl Harbor to i...more
Dave
Good read, I found a number of stories that I had never heard about. A book on WWII that I would recommend to anyone.
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Bill Fawcett has been a professor, teacher, corporate executive, and college dean. His entire life has been spent in the creative fields and managing other creative individuals. He is one of the founders of Mayfair Games, a board and role-play gaming company. As an author, Fawcett has written or coauthored over a dozen books and dozens of articles and short stories. As a book packager, a person wh...more
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