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Good that Mr H is looking at a different war
on 19 March 2013
What to say about this offering from Mr Hastings.
A weighty tome this purports to be a full history of the experience of WW2 (this was my first kindle download as it was just too heavy to commute with!).
In his preface the author mentions that he will not plagiarise his own work and write about issues he has covered in depth elswhere. All vary proper from this scrupulous author. I have read most of his works on the period: Bomber Command, Das Reich, Overlord (a better book than Beavors D-Day I think), and his works on Germany and Japan in 1944/45.
By leaving these items out of this book it seems unbalanced somehow, and he does not cover off these key areas in other than cursory detail. Some of his books listed above were issued sometime ago so I would have thought the author would have had something fresh to say about these events.
I understand his next book will cover 1914 a period I don't think he has touched in detail before. It will be good to see him attacking new territory rather than raking over the same old same old.