- Hardcover: 832 pages
- Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson; First American Edition edition (14 Aug. 1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 029779616X
- ISBN-13: 978-0297796169
- Product Dimensions: 25.1 x 18.5 x 5.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 168,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Second World War Hardcover – 14 Aug 1989
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"Surprisingly effective in reminding us that World War II was more than a series of battles and feats of arms." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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First World War was a straightforward and relatively conventional narrative history. Gilbert's treatment of the sequel is a lot more direct. On a pragmatic level he was probably just short of space, but the spartan narrative mirrors the brutal, mechanistic nature of the war itself. The Nazi war aims were unsubtle; the conduct of the war began with some deft military footwork but quickly turned into a series of bludgeoning hammer blows; by 1945 the Nazis were simply killing people for no reason at all, the Japanese were stuffing a generation of young men into a meat grinder for nothing, and it only ended with the obliteration of entire cities, the deaths of millions, the atomic hellfire of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the total upsetting of the existing world order. In the process Europe was crushed like a bug and the modern world was made.
Gilbert begins on page one with the invasion of Poland and continues chronologically thereafter. No boxouts, no diversions, no thematic essays. He leaps from one theatre to the other seamlessly, although this does get repetitive; it goes military action - civilian atrocities - military action - atrocities for page after page. Hundreds, thousands die on every page and I occasionally wondered which paragraph had the highest death toll.Read more ›
The text just became more and more harrowing, more and more gripping as the war unfolds. It became unrelenting in its record of shocking and virtually unbelievable horror. At times I was reduced to tears.
It has to be five stars. Or none.
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I bought this book in paperback some years back and I've read it many times. Wanted it to read on my kindle, arrived as always in a speedy fashion. Read morePublished 7 months ago by stubrown0
Very good book for those like myself who were not taught this at schoolPublished 13 months ago by daisy81
The more to read the better, but a lot of unusual ords to conjure with, brilliant though.Published 17 months ago by Elroy Ellis
This is an excellent comprehensive history of the detail of the War. I found the variety of detail fascinating from the small stories about individual acts of bravery, the detail... Read morePublished on 6 Nov. 2014 by Euan Mitchell
Second time I bought this book,the original copy is back home in NZ,and I wanted a copy here. Great book,and the service was speedy and excellent.Published on 18 Jan. 2012 by DavidW
This book was bought as a present for my son he hasn't finished the book yet but is thoroughly enjoying it says it was a great presentPublished on 2 Aug. 2011 by J. A. C. Styles
I purchased this book a few years ago as I was writing an essay on the fall of the Nazis, I ended up reading the entire book in a few days as I was so hooked. Read morePublished on 26 July 2011 by Matt H
I finished this last night, and have logged onto Amazon to buy the first world war equivalent.I was looking for a comprehensive yet broad account of WW2 and this didn't disappoint. Read morePublished on 19 Nov. 2010 by louis robins