Clive Ponting
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Fifty years after the end of World War II Clive Ponting provides a major reassessment of the most destructive conflict in human history - one in which 85 million people died.

Armageddon avoids conventional chronological accounts in order to concentrate on the deeper forces shaping the origins, course and outcome of the war across the globe. It analyses how and why the war s...more
ebook, 388 pages
Published February 29th 2012 by Vintage Digital (first published 1995)
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Erik Graff
Apr 15, 2013 Erik Graff rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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It having been the world-historical episode which shaped the world I grew up in, a war which involved all senior members of the family, I have read scores of books about the second world war. In the past Shirer's Rise and Fall of the Third Reich was the book I'd recommend to younger people interested in the Western theatres. Now, however, I'd recommend Ponting's Armageddon. Shirer's book is still worth the effort, but it is long, very detailed and very close to the events it describes. Pointing...more
Simon Wood

Having spent my childhood immersed in 1:72 scale model aeroplanes, toy soldiers, Commando books and a immense variety of WW2 themed television from Dads Army to the excellent World at War, I approached adulthood suffering from WW2 fatigue. When I started reading history in a more serious away I tended to shy away from the vast mountains of material in existence and daily growing with regard to that conflict. It's not that I think that the War is unimportant or uninterest...more
Hard to find now, Armageddon is meant to be read as a neutral history of World War II, as if being read 200 years in the future. The tone may put some readers off, but that's how history of events hundreds of years ago is written. Interesting look at the war, again if you can find a copy.
Steve Bookman
Yet another WWII history, but organized on a novel basis - topical versus the almost universal chronological model. Ponting's workmanlike job on an earlier book (1940 - Myth and Reality) made me look for this book.

As in "1990" the overall effect is to reveal many, mostly depressing truths about reality versus received wisdom/what the major alliances wanted to cause to be known.

An example of an extraordinary surprise surfaced by the author - units of the Japanese army were allowed to continue ope...more
Sandra Heitzman
The book was jam packed with information however not a single footnote or endnote to corroborate the author's claims. Ponting did out some of the actions of the United States particularly in protecting Nazi war criminals.
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