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4.39  ·  Rating details ·  5,749 ratings  ·  476 reviews
La segunda guerra mundial constituye la culminación de toda una carrera dedicada a la investigación y la narración históricas. Armado con la erudición más actualizada, apoyándose en un descomunal trabajo de investigación en el que siguen prevaleciendo las cartas y los diarios de los combatientes, y desplegando sus asombrosos recursos narrativos -que le permiten casar los ...more
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Published September 17th 2012 by PASADO Y PRESENTE (first published June 5th 2012)
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Loring Wirbel
Mar 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Single-volume chronologies of WW2 seem to be all the rage of late, and this book must compete with such works as Max Hastings' "Inferno" and Gerhard Weinberg's "World at Arms." Unlike the two mentioned, which take a particular unique vertical slice, Beevor just tries to tell a decade-long story about two theaters of war, and do it competently. In that he succeeds, for the most part.

While the writing is not the breathtaking sort often reached for by the likes of Weinberg, it is readable and
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hard to give this anything other than 5 stars. Being an absolute novice on the subject, I found this book fascinating, horrifying, edifying, and generally mind-blowing. For anyone worried it will be too dry, it is roughly 25% politics and military strategy, and 75% excerpts from countless first-hand accounts by soldiers, civilians, leaders, and poets. For example:

"I saw a woman who's dress and hair had just caught fire, she was trying to run from the inferno but the tarmac had melted and her
Aug 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I will open by writing that I know very little about the Second World War. Well, I KNEW very little about the Second World War. After reading this book I now know a lot more. I'm not sure I'm happier for the knowing.

I did not sit down and read this book through in one sitting. To be honest I've had it for several months and I read it chapter by chapter in between all of the other books I have read this summer. It was too much war for me to take all at once. That does not mean that it was a bad
Nancy Stringer
Every nation experienced and remembers the war in different ways. For the British, French and Poles, it began with the Nazi attack on Poland in September 1939. For Russians, notwithstanding their assaults on Poland, Finland and the Baltic States, the real war started in June 1941 with the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union. For Americans, it began with the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor in December 1941. For Japan, however, Pearl Harbor was the continuation of an expansionist military adventure ...more
Michael Kotsarinis
Concise and with a gripping narrative, it is perfect for anyone wishing to have a complete account of the war. I sincerely believe that it will be considered a reference book on the subject. Totally recommended!
Jim Coughenour
For some crazy reason I bought both Beevor's book on World War II and Max Hasting's Inferno: The World at War, 1939-1945 when they were published in the US a couple years ago. While I wouldn't call myself a WW2 buff, my steady interest dates back to the summer of 1976 when I picked up John Lukacs' The Last European War, September 1939/December 1941 in a Georgetown bookstore. Lukacs provides a rich diplomatic history, and the kind of drama underlying the many novels of Alan Furst. Beevor and ...more
Jason Fritz
Mar 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the acknowledgements to his latest history, The Second World War, Antony Beevor says that he wrote this comprehensive tome on one of the biggest events in human history because he wanted to fill in the gaps to his own knowledge of the topic. But, he says, “above all it is an attempt to understand how the whole complex jigsaw fits together, with the direct and indirect effects of actions and decisions taking place in very different theatres of war.” In this, Beevor succeeds where no other ...more
Czarny Pies
May 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in WWII
Recommended to Czarny by: I am a great fan of Antony Beevor
Shelves: european-history
I approached Antony Beevor's World War II with considerable trepidation. Beevor is brilliant at dealing with individual battles or campaigns but had never before attempted synthesis history. His survey of World War II is a resounding success as Beevor demonstrates his strength in this area.

Contrary to tradition which selects the German invasion of Poland in September 1939 as the starting point of WWI, Beevor uses Stalin's decision the previous June to mount a large scale response to Japan's
Adam Nevill
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tremendous. Haven't been able to leave this alone over the last fortnight. Finished it last night.
Left me asking the question: how did civilisation survive such a conflict?
Nov 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Shelves: world-war-ii, history
This is a subject where a single battle, a single country or a single person can take up more than one tomes of material. So, I imagine it's extremely hard to fit the whole war in a single book.

Yet Beevor has done it with surprising clarity, completeness and depth. I've read hundreds of books on WWII, and yet I found that there were actually new things to learn from this single-tome volume!

Beevor writes very nicely, with a fluid narrative that keeps the interest up with no let up. He manages to
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
It took me about 9 months to read this book by Antony Beevor. During this time period, I was consumed by the events that took place during 1939-1945 while the world and civilization plunged into uncertainty and fear. Everything that I had learned about the War previously seemed naive in comparison to what actually happened. I will not wax-poetic on exactly why that is, but I will say that I am very thankful I read this. I am left with an immense sense of appreciation at the heroism of the ...more
Dec 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have always been fascinated with any and all things to do with World War II. From the rise of Hitler, to the bombing of Hiroshima, this is perhaps the richest time in the history of the world. Due to the staggering scale of this time period, most books, both fiction and nonfiction, choose to focus on specific events or characters. In this hugely ambitious work, Antony Beevor attempts to provide a narrative overview of the entire war.

In the book, Beevor effectively introduces the early onsets
Darran Mclaughlin
Jan 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, british, war
I have had the urge to read a good general history of the Second World War for years and finally decided to go for this one as Antony Beevor is highly regarded. This is a good narrative history that provides an accessible general picture of the central historical moment of the last century.
There wasn't much that really struck me as a revelation or an original and revisionist perspective having picked up a lot this history through other reading or documentaries and films, but I suppose you have
Aug 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third of three really good comprehensive histories of the second world war to come out in the past two years (along with those by Andrew Roberts and Max Hastings). It is comprehensive and well written. What is most important, however, is how the book tells a coherent story. Any single volume history of the war must leave things out. You can tell this here, since Beevor has published multiple well received volumes on various battles of the war before this one - on such critical ...more
Ming Wei
My favourite World War 2 book, I like how it covers the war in Aisa furing the 1930's before the outbreak of war in Europe. Really educational
Bevan Lewis
Nov 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Antony Beevor's general history of the Second World War is a momentous achievement. Weighing in at 880 pages it provides a comprehensive, well considered and well written account of a truly momentous set of events in world history. Writing a general history of one of the twentieth century’s ‘Total Wars’ is a formidable task. Although the timeframe for the First and Second World Wars are individually relatively narrow, the geographical breadth and sheer range of events make it difficult to ...more
Paul Fulcher
Jan 14, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
A very readable and comprehensive history of the Second World War. Beevor's main focus - and success - is in showing how the various different conflicts across the globe did, in reality, influence each other despite the actually very small practical overlap (for example he finds only one very minor example where German forces assisted Japan).

However, I didn't find this as strong as the works, e.g. on Stalingrad and Berlin, that made Beevor's name. Those books distinguished themselves by focusing
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The front cover of this book proclaims it to be “World War II as Tolstoy would have described it - the great and the small.” This is definitely that book. A comprehensive and thorough overview of ww2 that details the battles, power dynamics, politics, characters, and so much more. This is a complex, tragic, and fascinating time period in our history and this book provided a great overview. After reading this there is so much more I would like to learn. I would like to know more about the key ...more
A casual, armchair study of the second world war encompasses many books over many years, indeed, many decades -- it's a slow, layered, mental-edifice-building process -- and no two readers go about it in the same way. Everyone starts and proceeds from different points, and from different cultural backgrounds, with particular biases typically stemming from where one hails. Beevor mentions this latter point near the end of his expansive overview of The Second World War, and it's an important and ...more
Apr 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This magisterial work had humble beginnings, according to the author. Beevor writes in the Acknowledgements section of this book "I always felt a bit of a fraud when consulted as a general expert on the Second World War because I was acutely conscious of the large gaps in my knowledge, especially of unfamiliar aspects."

Beevor's fame as a writer of narrative history is very much based on his histories of Second World War battles - Stalingrad, Berlin : the downfall 1945, and D-Day : the battle for
Antonio Nunez
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As I approached this book I was concerned about negative criticism I'd seen. Some said it was dry and lifeless compared to some of the other books by the author. My reading confirmed that this is the case. Clearly, a one volume work on WWII is not going to have much space left over for color and background. This is not the author's fault, it's just the nature of things. Even Rommel or Heydrich or Mussolini just disappear into the background, in the manner of photographs of multitudes. What ...more
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
World War II claimed more lives than any other conflict in human history. The way it scarred people in so many places makes it one of the defining moments (probably the defining moment) in the modern history.

For USSR and its descendants, WWII has always been the main goalpost in History. The country paid a terrible price (40 million lives is the current consensus). There are very few families which came unscathed from that war - an overwhelming majority lost relatives who fought, died in
TR Peterson
This book does an excellent job of tying every part of the Second World War together. Though Beevor is a specialist on the European war, he covers everything from Operation Torch in North Africa to the Sino-Japanese War and its impact on Axis & Allied power.

In his style, Beevor writes in a way that makes it difficult to put the book down. As ever, it's not simply a chronological arrangement of events but a story which is endlessly fascinating.

For all this, it is clear to the reader that
Todd Wright
Nov 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I feel bad giving this book only four stars, it is one of the best books I have ever read about WWII, however it promises so much in the beginning it would be impossible to carry through in less than two thousand pages.

The author includes far more information on the war in China than I have encountered before, you will most likely need a map to keep up.

Very few of the major players hold up well to Beevor’s analysis, just a few examples:

Churchill – a gadfly with an attention deficit, it was his
Jan 21, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This "definitive history" is both too quick and too slow. I suppose it is my fault for wanting the sweep of the Second World War in one book. He expects a certain background knowledge of military technology that I don't have. What would a glider look like in WWII? Is it really what I'm thinking? Apparently Messerschmitts come in different sizes, but it is left up to you to figure out that some are bombers, or fighters. You have to hope the General's name is ethnically identifiable (and it often ...more
Victor Kurzweil
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fav-non-fiction
It is arguable that the second world war was the biggest event in human history, certainly in the last few thousand years. It resulted in the death of over 50 million people, all over the globe. Hundreds of millions were injured physically and mentally. Much of the infrastructure of civilisation was destroyed. Its difficult to believe that this happened in living memory of some people still alive today, and had a direct effect upon the world as it is now. This is the best book I've read on the ...more
Leo Robertson
Jul 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is great, and it's about the most compact complete story of The Second World War there's going to be, I reckon.

You get a really strong sense of how quickly it all happened, how panicky everyone was and how completely unprepared we must have felt, and how futile it was too. The narrative jumps between grand descriptions of entire battles and snapshots of the lives of individuals given by quotes or other details, but it all the time feels like a very natural progression, which is
Philippe Malzieu
With Beevor, we are not in the history of long times. The presentation is chronological. A modern historian would have chosen a theme, here there is the beginning and the end. And it is very well. It is even reassuring.
We see the history parading us. There is a clinical precision.
There are two aspects which seems important to me. The first one is that it was a world war. We too much tend to think only in Europe and the Pacific. But there was China, the Philippines, Burma... All these bloody
Konstantinos Panidis
While WW2 has been a favorite topic of mine for years I mainly read about it online.
The reason I turned to this book is that I couldn't find answers to certain questions I had in wikipedia etc.
I wasn't disappointed at all to read about the whole WW2 chronicle in great detail while it still being digestible. What I liked most was real witness accounts of how the fronts looked like in the form of letters written by soldiers or parts of conversations that took place between the central characters
Feb 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don’t usually push my reading tastes on others but read this damn book. Everyone! Over the course of my adult life I have probably read over 100 books relating to WWII. I won’t go as far as to say this is the best but it is a completely enthralling epic told with consummate skill. He has the added vantage point unavailable to earlier chroniclers of the war because recent historians have access to heretofore denied Soviet archives. I think what this book does better than all the others is to ...more
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Antony James Beevor is a British historian who was educated at Winchester College and Sandhurst. He studied under the famous historian of World War II, John Keegan. Beevor is a former officer with the 11th Hussars who served in England and Germany for five years before resigning his commission. He has published several popular histories on the Second World War and the 20th century in general.

“In Soviet eyes the definition of ‘fascist’ included anyone who did not follow the orders of the Communist Party.” 2 likes
“Stalin’s appeasement of Hitler had continued with a large increase in deliveries to Germany of grain, fuel, cotton, metals and rubber purchased in south-east Asia, circumventing the British blockade. During the period of the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact, the Soviet Union had provided 26,000 tons of chromium, used in metal alloys, 140,000 tons of manganese and more than two millions tons of oil to the Reich. Despite having received well over eighty clear indications of a German invasion–indeed probably more than a hundred–Stalin seemed more concerned with ‘the security problem along our north-west frontier’, which meant the Baltic states. On the night of 14 June, a week before the German invasion, 60,000 Estonians, 34,000 Latvians and 38,000 Lithuanians were forced on to cattle trucks for deportation to camps in the distant interior of the Soviet Union. Stalin remained unconvinced even when, during the last week before the invasion, German ships rapidly left Soviet ports and embassy staff were evacuated.” 1 likes
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