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Absolute War by Christopher Bellamy
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William Clay I just wondered by the end, did the author grow tired of the massiveness of the task he'd set himself? It just seemed to me that the pace increased about three quarters the way through the war. He addressed this himself
by saying that in terms of the survival of the Soviet Union, the critical years were latter 41 through 1942. But still, I was left thinking that he didn't deal in as much detail with the latter sections of the war as he did with the earlier ones.

Also, he's described as being a master of narrative. I had to look up the word as i wasn't entirely sure of the exact definition - "a story or account of events". If that's all that narrative is, then I don't think being a master of it
is much to be proud of. His style is probably as dry as anyone should expect in picking up a 700 page book about the Second World War. 

I decided to read it because I wanted to know more about the war from the Soviet side. It was great in giving me an overview of it, although I think I would have preferred more eye witness accounts to focus on the impact
of the "world's greatest land battle".

It's a good book for what it is. If you want a completely detailed account of the eastern front, read this. If you don't want that, then don't read this. and if you just want something to read to entertain you, then don't read this either.

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