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1939 by Richard Overy
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Feb 29, 12

bookshelves: german-history
Read in February, 2012

This book was a fast read, and a solid background to the last days of peace in August, 1939. It moved well, and portrayed all the leading Allied statesmen of the time in both positive and negative light (I say Allied because it is hard to make Hitler's drive to war seem anything but reckless and predatory).

I think that Overy kind of overplays the role of contigency in his analysis, and ultimately ends on an unsatisfying note. Yes, the British and French postured, and hoped that they could project strength and thus avoid war, but they were ultimately forced into war by German actions.

On the whole, this book is a worthwhile read.
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