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The Second World War by John Keegan
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Aug 02, 2009

really liked it
Read in June, 2009

Good one-volume account of World War II, from the legacy of World War I and the rise of Hitler and Stalin, through the major battles and effects on populations, to the aftermath. Keegan starts each section describing strategic dilemmas, from Hitler's decision to invade Russia through Roosevelt/ Truman's considerations on whether to use the atom bomb. He also discusses various kinds of battle, many of which employed new forms of technology (tanks, aircraft carriers, etc.) Keegan provides scope and perspective but also zooms in on the human element, such as Hitler's last days and hours in Berlin. Overall, an enjoyable read and a good reference work. Gave me an idea of how all the different elements of the war related to each other.

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