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Archduke Franz Ferdinand Lives!: A World without World War I
Archduke Franz Ferdinand Lives!: A World without World War I
by Richard Ned Lebow
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.59

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book of a World without the murder in Sarajevo 1914, 16 Jun 2014
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A very interesting book written by a personal touch from Richard Lebow due to his family background.

The scenarios seem plausible.

I have only noticed a small geographical error. He writes in one of the scenarios that Tondern/Tønder in Denmark is occupied by German forces. If there was no First World War this town would still have been part of Germany. It became part of Denmark due to the border change after the First World War in 1920.


Berlin at War: Life and Death in Hitler's Capital, 1939-45
Berlin at War: Life and Death in Hitler's Capital, 1939-45
by Roger Moorhouse
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent on the Ground book, 12 Jan 2014
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The book is very well written and you read it like a novel. The facts about the every day life are very interesting details for instance that the number of references to Hitler in the death notices dropped from 82 pct in 1940 to 16 pct in 1944.


The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914
The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914
by Christopher Clark
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.69

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent analysis, 4 Jan 2014
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This book gives a balanced account of the origins of the First World War.

The First World War was at big set back for Europe.


1913: The World before the Great War
1913: The World before the Great War
by Charles Emmerson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent storytelling about the World in 1913, 31 Aug 2013
You feel like being present in the different cities. It also shows us how much we lost with the two world wars.


Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of an Empire
Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of an Empire
by Alex Von Tunzelmann
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, 24 Jan 2013
I visited Hyderabad this Autumn and it is interesting to read this story of Indian independence which is combining interesting personalities, history and geography. The story also tells us why Pakistan and Bangladesh in particular are weak states today. To my mind the leaders failed then by not keeping India together.


The Russian Origins of the First World War
The Russian Origins of the First World War
by Sean Mcmeekin
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.29

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New and interesting perspective on the beginning of the First World War, 12 Feb 2012
The book is delivering whole new and convincing perspective on the responsibility for the First World War.

Russia's role and the events on the Eastern Front is forgotten war. This book cast new light on the decisions of the Russian government in ordering an early mobilisation in order to beat the German timetable and suceed in a war, which should gain Constantinople and the Straits for Russia.

I can also recommend to read Niall Ferguson's The Pity of War, which cast new light on the British role and responsibilty for the war.

Fritz Fischer has got opposition.
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Operation Barbarossa and Germany's Defeat in the East (Cambridge Military Histories)
Operation Barbarossa and Germany's Defeat in the East (Cambridge Military Histories)
by David Stahel
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, 28 Dec 2011
David Stahel has written an excellent book.

A must read for Eastern Front buffs.

The only flaw in the book is that it is not entirely clear to me why an early Moscow offensive would not still have been preferable to the Kiev offensive, and I think he underestimates the would be impact of a capture of Moscow on the Soviet regime.


Europe at War 1939-1945: No Simple Victory
Europe at War 1939-1945: No Simple Victory
by Norman Davies
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.09

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fine overview, with important messages but also errors, 7 Aug 2010
Mr Davies book gives a good overview of the conflict. It can be seen as a good introduction with some important messages: First and foremost the primacy of the Eastern Front.

I agree totally with this, but the Western allies contributed a lot by Britain staying in the fight in 1940, when Stalin was more or less allied to Hitler. And also with the convoys, bombing offensive, landings in Italy and Normandy, where Antony Beevor mentions in his book about D day that the fighting was as heavy as on the Eastern Front.

What Davies especially could do was to get the details correct. It leaves a sloppy picture to say that the Wehrmacht is only the army, Schleswig-Holstein was a cruiser and not a battleship etc.
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Stalin's Wars: From World War to Cold War, 1939-1953
Stalin's Wars: From World War to Cold War, 1939-1953
by Geoffrey Roberts
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars New perspective, but biased, 8 Aug 2009
Very interesting and new perspective on Stalin's role in the Second World War and the beginning of the Cold War, but you have the feeling that Roberts take it too far. He for instance without any evidence say that Stalin was not involved in seperate peace negotiations with Hitler, and he also assert that Stalin wanted to keep the Grand alliance running and it was the US and the UK, which forced him more or less into a confrontation )-:


Churchill: A Study in Greatness
Churchill: A Study in Greatness
by Geoffrey Best
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To the point :o), 7 Sep 2008
There is probably no other individual, who has more biografies, than Mr Churchill, so you have to look serously for the excellent ones.

Best is the best, if you want a brief - but at the same time in depth - portrait of Churchill, and it is very well written.

Do not think twice.


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