'Sir Martin's great acheivement is his ability never to lose sight of the individual in a history of mass war and mass suffering.' (CONTEMPORARY REVIEW ) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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There are so many good books on World War II, but Gilberts stands out for two reasons.
First, as Winston Churchills biographer, Gilbert is the only historian in the world to have had complete access to all his papers. This gives a depth and insight into the War from Britains perspective that many other books lack.
But perhaps more importantly, Second World War has a profound humanity. Unlike most war historians, Gilbert is also a specialist in the holocaust, and he put his intimate knowledge of individual case histories to use while writing the book. While describing the German onslaught through town and countryside, Gilbert is also able to highlight the fate of individuals a twelve-year-old boy named Laslo taken out and shot, the Goldschmid family obliterated.
It is Gilberts broad vision that makes this book a classic.