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The Second World War: A World in Flames (Essential Histories Specials) Paperback – Illustrated, 24 Mar 2004


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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (24 Mar 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841768308
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841768304
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 3.3 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,056,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Foreword by Sir Max Hastings, text written by nine emminent historians: Paul Collier, Dr Alastair Finlan, Mark J Grove, Philip D Grove, Dr Russell A. Hart, Dr Stephen A. Hart, Dr Robin Havers, David Horner and Geoffrey Jukes.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By father2 on 9 Oct 2009
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The history of World War 2 contained in this publication is very easy to read and contains a wealth of information which could help a student of the WW2 to achieve an overview of the complicated events which make up that conflict.

It should be noted that Sir Max Hastings did not write the whole of this book, he only provided the foreword. The authors of this book are listed at the front of the book, on the inside cover.

There are many images which help to bring alive the main text. The maps especially are very well laid out, though often the maps are located on pages well away from the description of what happened in the main text.

This book is split into sections dealing with the different areas of conflict which together constituted the Second World War:

Part I: Europe 1939-1943
Part II: The War At Sea
Part III: The Mediterranean 1940-1945
Part IV: The Pacific
Part V: The Eastern Front 1941-1945
Part VI: Northwest Europe 1944-1945

I personally appreciated the brief chapters at the end of the different parts which considered the experiences of ordinary people involved in the war. For example at the end of `Part III: The Mediterranean 1940-1945' there is a chapter entitled `A Modest Hero' which relates the experiences of Charles Hazlitt Upham VC and Bar (1908 - 94). This New Zealand soldier displayed outstanding bravery and despite being repeatedly wounded carried on fighting the Nazi solders he apparently so steadfastly despised. In other chapters we learn about the experiences of a merchant mariner, a civilian suffering in the London blitz and the experiences of individual soldiers fighting in different armies during the war.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nick Fellows on 16 April 2005
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This amazing but tragic book gives you all the information you'll ever need to know about the Second World War. The writing isn't too big for the younger readers among you (like me) and it has pictures, maps, detailed information and the British army tactics on nearly every page. This book isn't one of those 'boring' 1,000 page size 4 writing books, but an outstanding masterpiece that just makes you want to keep on turning the pages.
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Although this was an enjoyable and informative book I felt a bit misled by the Max Hastings tag. (perhaps I should have paid closer attention
I love all his books and clicked on this one immediately, that said, I did find it very thorough and would recommend to anyone wishing to read about this subject.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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From the product discription, I expected a book by Max Hastings. Max Hastings is the author of the Foreword to the book, not the book. The editor of the book is Alexander Stilwell. I am sure Max Hastings would have been more careful than to allow a caption concerning Erwin Rommel to be used on a picture of Marshall Tito (P 190 in the paperback edition). The book is arrange by topic, not chronologically. In the naval section, there is the Normandy Invasion followed shortly thereafter by a section about Peter Herbert Owen, Royal Naval Midshipman on the Royal Oak--illustrated with a couple of pictures of Gunter Prien, but no pictures of Mr. Owen.
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