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History of the Second World War

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History of the Second World War, B. H. Liddell Hart's last work as well as his magnum opus, embodies the fruits of twenty years of research and a lifetime of thinking on war. It abounds with controversial judgments, including provocative assertions about the true causes behind France's defeat in 1940, Hitler's failed invasion of Russia, and Japan's stunning victory at Pear ...more
Paperback, 784 pages
Published May 7th 1999 by Da Capo Press (first published 1968)
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Evan
In 1969, Sir Captain B.H. Liddell Hart -- a World War I veteran and poison-gas survivor -- inked the finishing touches on this towering overview of World War II after working on it for 20 years, and thereafter, ironically, died immediately in the comfort of his own home. The book is a grand legacy of a lifetime of brilliant and innovative military thinking, and up to its time was probably the best and most authoritative general overview of the war yet written. Maybe it still is.

The copy I read h
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Anthony
Jan 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: History buffs
I decided to read Liddell Hart’s History of the Second World War because I had seen it cited in many places as the definitive one-volume guide to a subject I have watched too many tv shows on but read few books about. (Surprisingly, it seems to be out of print, but I found several old hardcovers [not the one pictured here:] at the Strand.) I would recommend it to anyone interested in a one-volume history or the war, with the caveats below—most of which will probably not trouble the English speak ...more
Jack
May 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Good overview of WWII. Liddell Hart provides a broad coverage of the major campaigns with enough detail to entice the reader while providing the stratagems for the thinker. A classic author and strategists providing a classic work.
Saurabh
Oct 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those interested in history nd warfare
a classic depiction of the modern war.2
learned a lot of hitlers tactics nd his mistakes which backfired
came to know dat WW-2 was not jus about hitler nd germany it was more about bravity of allied forces nd especially russia nd britain
A new general who jumped on watchlist is rommel will read more about him...
exact stats on number of aircraft used etc nd manpower used is more enthrilling especially in battle of britain.pearl harbour nd battle of statlingrad
carl  theaker
May 31, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ww2



I got & read this book when it first came out. It was much anticipated as
Hart was quite the respected historian. Obviously 713 pages isn't really
that much for all of WW2, so it's a high level perspective and a good
basis for knowledge.

Justinl
Nov 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
History of the Second World War.


This book is great. I liked this book so much. It interested me so much I just couldn’t stop reading it. Even through this book was over 700 pages I still read it over 600 in 3 days. That is how much I liked this book. It was a part of history that no one who was in it or was alive during that era that is still alive now will forget. The war cost the lives of 48 million people. The Nazi’s or Germans killed 6 million Jews, and 5 Million other people who Hitler did
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Çağatay Boz
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Bütünüyle İkinci Dünya Savaşı'nın askerî yönü üzerine yoğunlaşan, enfes bir çalışma. Her ne kadar güncel bilgilerle hazırlanan ve daha iyi olarak nitelendirilebilecek çalışmalar olsa da günümüzde, Liddell Hart'ın İkinci Dünya Savaşı Tarihi, uzun yıllar boyunca tarihçilerden İkinci Dünya Savaşı meraklılarına kadar birçok grup ve birey tarafından referans olarak kullanıldı, kullanılmaya devam da edilmekte.

Kerim Bağrıaçık'ın çevirisinin kalitesini de söyledikten sonra değerlendirmeyi bir uyarıyla k
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Andreas Schmidt
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
L'analisi del capitano Lidell Hart
La storia della seconda guerra mondiale di Liddell Hart analizza tutti gli aspetti del conflitto, da cosa lo innescò a come si concluse. Non credo ci sia molto da dire sui contenuti, eccetto per il modo in cui si presentano: spesso sono analisi di movimenti di divisioni e armate; a volte percentuali, come bombardieri persi, missioni di bombartamento, tonnellaggio di naviglio affondato dagli u-boot. Qua e là filtra il pensiero di Hart, in particolare su quanto si
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Lili Kyurkchiyska
Най-после ти видях сметката... Трябва да кажа, че става за общ преглед, но препоръчвам по-специализирана литература.
Espen
Dec 16, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone intererested in history and warfare
Shelves: history
One of my enduring frustrations with books about WWII is poor mapping and relatively little focus on operational strategy. One reason for this, I have now found, is that Liddell Hart wrote the definitive book on the war in 1971, and every book since then either will have to concentrate on more details (such as Anthony Beevor's books on Berlin and Stalingrad) or take a more "themed" approach (such as John Keegan's WWII).

The book is cold-blooded and argumentative - with a focus on maneuver (nicely
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Sir Basil Henry Liddell Hart usually known before his knighthood as Captain B. H. Liddell Hart was an English soldier, military historian and leading inter-war theorist.
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