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5.0 out of 5 stars New look at WW2, 7 July 2010
What a brilliant book! There is a vast literature on the origins of the World War Two. The broad outlines of the story are familiar to many: the unresolved issues of World War One; the consequences of the ill-judged Paris Peace Treaties; the impact of the Depression; the rise of Hitler and of the militarists in Japan and their revanchist dreams; appeasement and the failure to contain aggression. There's been lots of work on finer details, but it looked like the big picture was settled. Until "Cry Havoc". Drawing on an impressive range of sources, Maiolo has presented an entirely new perspective. The combatants in World War One had been unprepared for the First World War. They couldn't afford to ignore the great changes in military technology or to fall behind in their development. He takes us beyond the blame game (Hitler's aggression v Chamberlain's appeasement) and the simple and misleading judgements about good guys and bad guys to see that the interwar arms race presented an inescapable logic that neither democratic nor totalitarian governments could ignore. It's a hugely entertaining story driving an immensely compelling argument.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Joe Maiolo, Cry Havoc, 10 Feb 2012
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An excellent book. It combines erudition with readability, and I particularly appreciated the way in which the author moved between the economic, industrial, political and diplomatic aspects of the period, highlighting less familiar factors. An 'enjoyable' book (if that's not an inappropriate comment for the approach of war!) Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A view of geopolitics that makes you think., 12 Jun 2014
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The book was delivered quickly as I wanted to read about this subject in relation to a study course I was doing at the time. Given the present political turmoil in the world, it helps to have a perspective from someone who has researched the background to geopolitics.
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Cry Havoc: How the Arms Race Drove the World to War, 1931-1941
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