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Ardennes 1944: Hitler's Last Gamble Hardcover – 21 May 2015

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  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Viking; 01 edition (21 May 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670918644
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670918645
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 4.2 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 441 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is World War II as Tolstoy would have described it - the great and the small (Washington Post (on 'The Second World War'))

Rightly deserves its place on the shelves of any serious historian of the Second World War. Powerful and authoritative . . . Beevor weaves a masterful narrative based on the viewpoints of a vast range of people. Marshalling a coherent narrative out of an unwieldy sequence of localised attacks, counterattacks, deceptions, and feints demands the attention of a master military historian. In Antony Beevor, the Ardennes offensive has found one (Military History Monthly (Book of the Month))

What leaves a lasting impression is the huge power the American army as a whole mustered to smash back the Germans. A superpower was being born (Bookseller, Interview with Antony Beevor)

If you're a fan of Beevor's work, find some space on your bookshelf for this one. If you've never read him before, start here and work your way back - it's history nerd heaven! (History of War Magazine)

Unflinching. As Ardennes 1944 makes clear, Hitler misjudged the strength and resilience of the US army. It was his last gamble and it failed (Prospect)

What stands out most . . . is the effects of violent warfare. By the end of the counteroffensive the snowfields were littered with frozen corpses and the wreckage of hundreds of tanks and armoured vehicles (Literary Review)

A superb addition to the canon which has taken us from Stalingrad to Normandy in 1944 and the final gruesome battle for Berlin, not forgetting the masterly single-volume history of the entire war. It is written with all of Beevor's customary verve and elegance. His remarkable and trademark ability is to encompass the wide sweep of campaigns yet never forget the piquant details of what happened to the individual . . . He focuses brilliantly on the key moments that turned the battle (Evening Standard)

As impeccably researched, insightfully observed and superbly written as its bestselling predecessors (Charlotte Heathcote Sunday Express)

Rich in detail and drama. Enthralling (Mail on Sunday)

If there's one thing that sets Beevor apart from other historians - beyond his gifts as a storyteller - it's that he is not afraid to look at the most uncomfortable, even frightening subjects, but does so in a way that doesn't threaten the reader. It's like having Virgil there to lead you through the underworld: he doesn't leave you stranded amid the horror but leads you back again, a wiser person for having undergone the journey (Keith Lowe Daily Telegraph)

About the Author

Antony Beevor is the author of Crete: The Battle and the Resistance (Runciman Prize), Stalingrad (Samuel Johnson Prize, Wolfson Prize for History and Hawthornden Prize), Berlin: The Downfall, The Battle for Spain (Premio La Vanguardia), D-Day: The Battle for Normandy (Prix Henry Malherbe and the RUSI Westminster Medal), The Second World War, and Ardennes 1944 (shortlist Prix Médicis). The Number One bestselling historian in Britain, Beevor's books have appeared in thirty-two languages and have sold just over seven million copies. A former chairman of the Society of Authors, he has received a number of honorary doctorates. He is also a visiting professor at the University of Kent and an Honorary Fellow of King's College, London. He was knighted in 2017.



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