Second World War Hardcover – 21 Sep 1989
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"[John Keegan] has a remarkable capacity to appreciate both the political context of the war and its immediate meaning for those caught in the heat of battle... Lucid, informed and authoritative" (Sunday Times)
"In this magnificently illustrated volume, our most original military historian gives the whys and wherefores of war as well as the blood and guts." (Mail on Sunday)
"John Keegan's history of World War II stands above the competition" (Preview)
"A graceful writer as well as a knowledgeable student of martial history, [Keegan] enlivens his chronicle with wry wit... An informed and informative accounting of a horrific war" (Kirkus Reviews) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
An outstanding history of the Second World War by one of our most distinguished historians. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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One of the things I like about this book is that it serves a dual purpose for the reader and researcher. It's compact enough to be read cover-to-cover, if you like, but at the same time it is also worthy as an authoritative reference that you can dip into from time-to-time for key facts and for insights that you will find nowhere else.
The Second World War still casts a shadow over our society and, even today, discussion of the subject has the power to incite great emotion. Keegan's perspective is uncontroversial and conventional. He delivers his subject in an academic but accessible prose that only serves to underline the disturbing picture presented. This was a world literally gone mad. Here was a brutal war waged by four ruthless political leaders in which up to fifty million souls would perish. Usually the passage of time serves to afford the comfort of distance, and with it, a greater objectivity, and that is indeed the case with these events. Yet Keegan's calm, relentless understatement is akin to a quiet hymn and as we read, our fear, shock, astonishment and incredulity at the cruelty and inhumanity of these events grows.
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Excellent delivery, beautiful condition at a price that energises a good read, a read enhanced by holding a quality that only the hand binding of fine print upon quality paper can... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mrs Helen & Philip Chisholm
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This book is well written, I have other work by John Keegan and in my opinion he does a good job. Not just the facts, but you get an idea how it must have been for the people... Read morePublished on 25 Dec. 2013 by Christopher J. Hart
Very happy with this consise history of the war and it has been read by all the family with the younger ones being much better informed.Published on 12 Dec. 2013 by emily
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Comprehensive in scope, if not detail, and very readable. Great narrative energy. Necessarily for a one-volume history of WW2, some battles are dealt with abruptly, so any... Read morePublished on 30 April 2011 by TimH