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Second World War [Unknown Binding]

Martin Gilbert
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  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson (1989)
  • ASIN: B004K2NUII
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
The best thing about this book is that it is pure, unadulterated narrative. Symptomatic of Gilbert's approach is the way the very first lines of the book throw us straight in at the point Germany attacked Poland Sep 1, 1939. There's no long drawn out preamble or musings on the why and wherefores; you can find that in other books. Gilbert's approach is completely chronological, flitting from one theatre of war to another. His style is unobtrusive- as it should be- but elegant enough, and always authoritative. He wisely lets the facts speak for themselves - the horrors of the holocaust, the savagery and scale of the war between Russia and Germany, the amazing suicidal tactics of the Japanese in countless Pacific islands. These are so amazing in themselves that the narrative holds you breathless over 700 pages. I was flabbergasted by this book. I am not given to hyperbole but I am tempted to say this book changed my life; it certainly changed my views on human beings, history, politics and war.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Both a Global and Personal view 20 Oct 2000
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Sir Martin Gilberts masterful account of the history of the second world war. What makes this history so different from the others is the way in which Sir Martin can switch from the story of an entire offensive onslaught to tell the story of a single young private and his experience of that same battle. Somehow the results of the actions or the death of a single person or group of people can be so much more effective in explaining the true glory of war, or in debunking the great myth of the glory of war depending on your viewpoint. Sir Martin can and does give examples of both. The historical facts are still there, but so also is the humanity, with both of it's faces showing. A book for anyone with an interest in the Second World War who doesn't want just facts and casualty figures.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most in depth books ever 23 Mar 2001
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Format:Paperback
An very intersting book which educates you on many aspects of the second world war especially the pace at which it was carried out, and the human loss involved. The persecution of the jews is shown in all the horror it deserves
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book,great service. 18 Jan 2012
By DavidW
Format:Hardcover
Second time I bought this book,the original copy is back home in NZ,and I wanted a copy here. Great book,and the service was speedy and excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 2 Aug 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book was bought as a present for my son he hasn't finished the book yet but is thoroughly enjoying it says it was a great present
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling read for any history buffs! 26 July 2011
By Matt H
Format:Paperback
I purchased this book a few years ago as I was writing an essay on the fall of the Nazis, I ended up reading the entire book in a few days as I was so hooked. The level of facts and details that are used put the reader in the middle of WWII and make the reader feel as if they are experiencing it all. A must buy for any history buffs! Be sure to buy any other history books by Martin Gilbert as he is a genius!
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5.0 out of 5 stars perfect book for what i needed
I finished this last night, and have logged onto Amazon to buy the first world war equivalent.I was looking for a comprehensive yet broad account of WW2 and this didn't disappoint. Read more
Published on 19 Nov 2010 by louis robins
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive one volume history
As with all of Martin Gilbert's works, this is an accomplished and polished history of World War II, looking both from a bird's eye view of events, to a closer more intimate... Read more
Published on 22 April 2010 by Gary Selikow
4.0 out of 5 stars Annotated Timeline
A sort of annotated timeline (there are summaries of virtually every day and every events since WWII outbreak to its end, with individualized focus on each of the war scenarios),... Read more
Published on 3 Oct 2009 by Tiago Geraldo
5.0 out of 5 stars Informed and exciting story telling
For one born in the Second World War this account is rivetting in combining sweep and fascinating detail. Read more
Published on 1 Oct 2009 by C. E. Cumming
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive one volume history
As with all of Martin Gilbert's works, this is an accomplished and polished history of World War II, looking both from a bird's eye view of events, to a closer more intimate... Read more
Published on 4 Jun 2008 by Gary Selikow
3.0 out of 5 stars A Historical lesson
Very complete, very concise (considering the enormity of the subject), this extremely well researched book offers an almost day-by-day history of the war. Read more
Published on 10 Mar 2005 by Gary J. Clark
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