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His singular ability to make huge historical events accessible to a general audience recalls the golden age of British narrative history, whose giants include Gibbon, Macaulay and Carlyle. (Boyd Tonkin THE INDEPENDENT)
Beevor can be credited with single-handedly transforming the reputation of military history. (David Edgar The GUARDIAN)
A truly outstanding historian of war (Michael Howard STANDPOINT)
A British historian of great distinction and range, who ... demonstrates his mastery of his sources. (Gordon Craig NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS)
His accounts of the key moments in the second world war have a sense of colour, drama and immediacy that few narrative historians can match (Dominic Sandbrook THE SUNDAY TIMES)
If you want to understand the war as military struggle, this book is all you really need. However well you thought you knew the subject, you will learn something new on every page. (Neill Denny WE LOVE THIS BOOK online)
You feel yourself being carried along on the narrative flow, channelled this way and that through the pools and rapids by Beevor's expert helmanship. (Patrick Bishop STANDPOINT)
Brocaded with details of the great campaigns and thoughtful explanations of Hitler's murderous belligerence, The Second World War is an absorbing, unsparingly lucid work of military history. (Ian Thomson THE SPECTATOR)
The myriad pieces of this intricate kaleidoscope are pieced together with exemplary skill. (Roger Moorhouse THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY)
This is a splendid book, erudite, with an admirable clarity of thought and expression. (Roger Moorhouse THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY)
Beevor's book is a pleasure to read and an example of intelligent, lively historical writing at its best. (Tony Barber THE FINANCIAL TIMES)
Everyone who is interested in the Second World War should read this book. (Laurence Rees WW2HISTORY.COM)
This is as comprehensive and objective an account of the course of the war as we are likely to get, and the most humanly moving to date. (John Gray NEW STATESMAN)
The book that Beevor has been building towards writing - and everybody else has been anticipating reading. (Donal O'Donoghue RTE GUIDE)
remarkably well-written and informative (Norman Stone LITERARY REVIEW)
This is the place to begin if you need to get your knowledge of the war in order. (Hew Strachan EVENING STANDARD)
This is history writ large. (James Owen THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH magazine)
Beevor is excellent at catching the individual in the flood-tide of events. (John Lewis-Stempel SUNDAY EXPRESS)
The book could not really have been done better. (MILITARY HISTORY MONTHLY)
A magnificent performance - true excitement from one page to the next delivered in faultless prose. (Christoper Silvester DAILY EXPRESS)
the whole story told in the author's usual erudite yet highly readable prose (DESPATCHES Magazine)
The heart of Beevor's appeal is precisely that straightforward narrative approach, coupled with his lively, engaging style and his use of memorable, almost cinematic, set-pieces. (HISTORY TODAY)
He is the most humanitarian of historians, and covers huge sweeps of history through the real stories of the individuals who experienced them. Reading this will be like having him walk me through the history of the war like a personal guide. (Kate Mosse)
This is a book demanding to be read. (Christoper Bray THE OXFORD TIMES)
a masterly understanding of the conflict's many facets (THE MAIL ON SUNDAY)
For as harrowing and politically convoluted as the years 1939-1945 were, Beevor writes with such a panache and literary flair, that the reader is almost uncannily charged to keep turning the pages at a rate of ten by ten, twenty by twenty, chapter by chapter - until such point that s/he has stumbled upon the end as if by chance, as if by default. (David Marx)
By deploying his keen eye for tiny detail and penchant for story telling, and then marrying them both with an acute historical investigation, Antony Beevor has once again written a book that is simply superlative. (David Marx)
This imposing history can both be read as a whole or dipped into, and never fails to inform. (WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?)
This book is a perfect mixture of world history and human experience, unbiased and highly readable. (THE JOURNAL)
As we have come to expect from this master, he excels at using eye-witness testimony to illustrate how mankind can be capable of both terrible cruelty and astonishing courage. (Andrew Rawnsley THE OBSERVER)
global history at its grandest and best (THE DAILY TELEGRAPH)
the most incredibly detailed research (Chris Tarrant THE SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE)
a truly rewarding account of the global conflict. Beevor has a special gift for linking great events with individual testimony (Amanda Foreman MAIL ON SUNDAY)
In his books on Stalingrad and Berlin, Beevor used evidence from ordinary people to bring home the reality of life at the front as opposed to the traditional HQ view... He crams in so much and does it so well because he can. (GOOD BOOK GUIDE)
Beevor can be credited with single-handedly transforming the reputation of military history. (David Edgar THE GUARDIAN)
This is history writ large. (James Owen THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH SEVEN Magazine)
A magnificent performance - true excitement from one page to the next delivered in faultless prose. (Christopher Silvester DAILY EXPRESS)
This is a book demanding to be read. (Christopher Bray THE OXFORD TIMES)
the most incredibly detailed research (Chris Tarrant THE SUNDAY EXPRESS S MAGAZINE)
In his books on Stalingrad and Berlin, Beevor used evidence from ordinary people to bring home the reality of life at the front as opposed to the traditional HQ view... He crams in so much and does it so well because he can. (Good Book Guide) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A magisterial, single-volume history of the greatest conflict the world has ever known by our foremost military historian --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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The book suffers from a deficiency in maps (there are a few but they are not the best). A work like this could do with a supporting website to provide clearer and more detailed cartography, or failing that, at least perhaps a recommended war atlas to provide locations and campaigns that formed the contexts of the war, and the chapters of this book.
I think of my mum and dad as children during the second world war. Watching in awe as the over paid, over sexed heroes of the American army marched down Queens Drive. "Any gum chum?" the scrawny kids would pester. With admiration.
Beevor also picks out individual civilian anecdotes. The battles are told as they happened. From the east or west, this many of that type of tank, a general's army goes one way, another does something else. A compelling read. A book of well earned authority. I felt no bias in the facts being relayed to me. Only the unrelenting horror of a war that was made-up as it was going along. Each side trying to out-smart and out kill each other. Men who knew no better. Women left.
I am resisting pointing out anything in particular. The Germans could have won the war. You can pick out for yourself decisive moments, decisions or indecisions. It is clear, however, that Nazi ideology infected the whole German population. Call it momentum if you like, but the will to support their despotic leader had no bounds. No conscience. No fear.