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- Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc; Library ed edition (6 Sept. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1400134684
- ISBN-13: 978-1400134687
- Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 4.6 x 17.5 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,588,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
No Simple Victory: World War II in Europe, 1939-1945 Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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a Infused with irony and paradox, qualities essential to understanding history . . . ["No Simple Victory"] rearranges and juxtaposes facts and events in often unexpectedly illuminating ways.a
a A lively and contrary historiography, skillfully written.a
Infused with irony and paradox, qualities essential to understanding history . . . ["No Simple Victory"] rearranges and juxtaposes facts and events in often unexpectedly illuminating ways.
A lively and contrary historiography, skillfully written.
? Infused with irony and paradox, qualities essential to understanding history . . . ["No Simple Victory"] rearranges and juxtaposes facts and events in often unexpectedly illuminating ways.?
? A lively and contrary historiography, skillfully written.?
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Norman Davies is a supernumerary Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford, Fellow of the British Academy and of the Royal Historical Society, and Professor Emeritus at London University. His books include Europe: A History (a New York Times Notable Book), The Isles: A History, and the definitive history of Poland, God s Playground." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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theater of operations in WWII. His analysis of WWII from an eastern focus has presented
a new way of thinking about and understanding the most destructive war in human history. He also places the
popular works of Stephen Ambrose in a more proper and more accurate perspective. However, this book
would have greatly benefited from a more thorough analysis of Operation Barbarossa, which is strangely
lacking in the necessary detail and attention that is truly deserves.
He also goes into excellent detail about all the other things going on over there in the other countries in Europe and its environs. It really wasn't just the US, the UK, the French, and the Soviets against just the Germans and the Italians. And nor was the fighting over there just between the various Allied powers against the various Axis powers. It's no surprise then when people could think the whole world was coming unglued when they realized all the different and various fighting going on over in Europe.
Davies also goes into excellent detail on the civilian costs. The "ethnic cleansing" that regularly took place and did so long before the term was invented in Serbia.
This is a great book to detail the stuff that they just don't bother with in school. It also well sets straight the overwhelmingly massive scale of the fighting on the Eastern Front when compared to anything else that took place on any other front in the world during WWII.
Davies takes a broadbrush approach to the conflict, dealing with warfare, politics, soldiers, civilians and the portrayal of the war itself, and finishing with a superbly written "Incomclusions." The topical approacha and emphasis on the Nazi-Soviet conflict will be offputting to some readers invested in a chronological and/or Anglo-America-centric narrative. Perhaps inevitably, a few details get roughly treated along the way. However, Davies thoroughly documents his principal theme, with style.
The general reader may lack the background to appreciate Davies' theme, but knowing students of the conflict shoud find "No Simple Victory" to be an entertaining, even enlightening read. To those discerning students, this book is highly recommended.
As the title of this book gives a hint of, the author has given the reader a very different view of the main principals responsible for fighting and ending the Second World War in Europe. His opinions, moralizing, and conclusions will certainly offend those readers who believe it was predominantly the United States, either through direct military action or financial contributions (lend lease to the Soviet Union), who played the predominant role in ending the war in Europe. Refreshingly, the author gives evidence for much of what he claims in this regard, and asks the reader to put aside their allegiances when considering this evidence. For this reviewer, the book is a welcome addition to the historical literature, and many surprising historical facts were encountered by its study. This is not to say that readers should take this book as final, as representing some sort of strange apodictic historical certainty, but it is well worth the time and effort for its perusal, even though at times the author clearly needs to engage in some simple statistical sampling methodologies.
Some of the strong perturbations to accepted thought include the discussions on the use of German concentration camps by Soviet authorities to intern people of their choosing; the doctrine of "collective punishment" that was evidently authorized by the Big Three at the Potsdam Conference; the atrocity of the Katyn massacres as being a Soviet culpability, not Nazi; the fact that lend-lease from the United States to the Soviet Union was not really that intense until 1943 and after, and before 1943 the Red Army had already finished the major battles on the Eastern front; that Belarus and the western Ukraine experienced the brunt of the fighting; the standing forces of the United States in 1939 was 175,000 (smaller than Poland at the time); the firebombing of Dresden by Britain and the United States, in which 60,000 people died with intent of breaking the morale of the German people; the paucity of fuel for Germany's armoured divisions as playing a major role in ending the war; the strength of industrial war production in the United States (one tank every five minutes in 1943); that the Polish response to the invasion of their country has been completely distorted and in fact the author asserts performed better militarily than British or French forces did a year later.
These and other discussions will certainly raise the ire of many a reader, but the author asks such readers to consider the consequences of belief in events or interpretations that are not true. The people who participated in this conflict are honored not by creating false impressions or monuments of stone, but rather by reporting as accurately as possible the contexts and struggles in which they found themselves. There cannot be a better testimony to their efforts and courage.