The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War Hardcover – 6 Aug 2009
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'Andrew Roberts's latest offering is a sparkling addition to the groaning shelves. Roberts offers refreshing judgements' --Robert Service, Observer
'what might be his best book yet' --Nigel Jones, Sunday Telegraph
'His mastery of the huge variety of subjects is truly impressive and his ability to marshal these subjects into a single compelling narrative stunning' --Keith Lowe, Daily Telegraph
'he presents stylish penmanship, gritty research and lucid reasoning, coupled with poignant and haunting detours into private lives ruined and shortened' --The Economist
'tightly written, every page packed with terse comment, well-organised facts and, often, telling details. Engrossing to read'
--Paul Johnson, Spectator
From the Back Cover
Andrew Roberts's acclaimed new history has been hailed as the finest single-volume account of this epic conflict. From the western front to North Africa, from the Baltic to the Far East, he tells the story of the war the grand strategy and the individual experience, the brutality and the heroism as never before.
Meticulously researched and masterfully written, The Storm of War illuminates the war's principal actors, revealing how their decisions shaped the course of the conflict. Along the way, Roberts presents tales of the many lesser-known individuals whose experiences form a panoply of the courage and self-sacrifice, as well as the depravity and cruelty, of the Second World War." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Does this sort of thing matter? Well, yes, in that if you don't know what you're talking about it is better to either write nothing or to check, which in these instances could easily have been done without going further than Wikipedia. The Panzerfaust was so devastating precisely because it was not a `gun' - that's why it could be mass-produced cheaply and in vast quantities to be effectively used by personnel with little training.Read more ›
The book would appeal to more general readers with an interest in the period, as his style is to approach the unravelling tale of the war in the manner of a thriller writer; he returns regularly to the unpredictability of some of the outcomes at given points of the conflict, and raises some interesting 'what if' scenarios that help to keep it fresh. While I would still take issue with his take on certain events and key players in the war, I would have no hesitation in recommending this book. It is a rattling good read!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The best history book I have every read - clear and concise. I initially borrowed the book from the library, but I found the book so fascinating I had to have a copy of my own!Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Exceptional book for silly money, one penny in my case!! This is a superb work using new research, so well worth reading.Published 9 months ago by Machinehead
Roberts manages to cover WW2 on all its fronts, convincingly and often movingly. Much of it is seen, inevitably, from the point of the senior leaders, but he is always aware of the... Read morePublished 10 months ago by MartinB
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Liked Roberts' style of writing, he makes difficult topics easy to read and understand and not be too 'heavy'.Published 11 months ago by heather444
This book is near drivel. The book is aimed at a US audience to give them what they want to hear to sell a book, people who have been fed the Hollywood version of the history of... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Solar Man
I'll keep this brief.
If you want to read the best history of the Second World war read this.
If you don't then get something by Max Hastings