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An Especially Compelling Read!
on 11 September 2010
'The World At War' television series, which was produced in the 1970s is remembered by all who saw it as the definitive documentary about World War 2. Its prime focus was on eye-witness interviews with people involved at all levels and from different viewpoints supported by filmed war footage. Many hundreds of hours of interviews were recorded, but only a small percentage ever reached the screen.
For thirty years or so, no-one was allowed to publish the full transcripts, until Richard Holmes was granted access to them for this book. Consequently, he has successfully arranged the interviews into coherent chapters linked together by his superb narrative style.
The range of interviews, which allow readers to empathize with those involved, would provide a perfect reason for purchasing this book. In addition, it provides a greater understanding about how important decisions were made at an international level, in relation to the personalities and circumstances of those involved.
However the fact that no-one was allowed to publish the full transcripts previously makes 'The World at War' an especially compelling read and I found myself thinking about what might have proved sensitive information in the nineteen seventies and why there was a need to prevent publication until now......Well worth the read!