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Inferno by Max Hastings
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Dec 08, 2011

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bookshelves: 20th-century-american-history, european-history, military-history, asian-history
Read from December 08, 2011 to February 08, 2012

One-volume histories of something as widespread and impactful as World War II can be difficult to read and, I imagine, write. Although Hastings' look at WW II has its moments and never fails to deliver interesting stories, it's approach from the British side of the war isn't perfectly suited toward someone more interested in reading about the U.S. involvement in the great war.

So American participation in such important events as D-Day, Pearl Harbor, and the end game in Japan, including dropping of the atomic weapons in August, 1945 are barely given mention in this massive work, which I found surprising.

This isn't a bad addition to a library for World War II buffs; it just might not be the first book you want to add.

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