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All Hell Let Loose: The World at War 1939-1945 by Max Hastings
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peerless, 15 May 2012
Most of what is to be said about this book has been said already both in customer and mainstream media reviews.

This is the book Hastings has been building up to write all his life. It is the best single volume WW2 history I have ever read by some distance, and he ties in all the themes and chronology really well. Quite a bit I didn't know as well especially about the brutality of the German/Russian aspect of the conflict. Genuinely peerless. Indeed it is quite possibly the best history book I've ever read. I suspect most people with even a vague interest in WW2 will have already read this, but if not just get it, simple as that.
Tony Greig: A Reappraisal of English Cricket's Mos&hellip by David Tossell
This book isn't as detailed as perhaps it could be, but is worth a look for the cricket fan.

It is very good on the World Series Cricket era and in terms of Greig's involvement with Packer in terms of that. This was before my time and I learnt quite a bit from it. It's also worth reading in terms of largely succesfully making the point that Greig's record as an all rounder stands up to Flintoff if not the peerless (from an England rather than world point of view) Botham.

As I say it does lack a bit of detail, especially in terms of the infamous 1976 WIndies tour and Greig's (at best) very unfortunate comments about making them "grovel" (followed shortly thereafter by… Read more