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An historian who knows his subject
on 20 August 2015
Taylor's authority is etched on each page, the master of his craft as he weaves the endless bickerings, jealousies, vber-strident pride and posturing of politicians and leaders between the two world wars. Though he does appear to err on the side of British thinking, this is understandable for a man of his time and with more opportunity to study primary and other historical records. In this he is helped by being a contemporary of the events, and therefore armed with his own observations pertinent and undiminished by the passage of time.
I really appreciated a one volume history purely about the origins of the war. Too many histories of the Second World War dwell briefly on the road to war, peddalling the same 'truths' with too little regard for the thought processes and frailties of the powers concerned. Here we have a version that ascribes, not carefully planned assaults on The Versailles Treaty by Hitler, but opportunistic leaps and bounds opened by events and taken advantage of.
I would recommend this book and a thoroughly informative and compelling read in its own right, but also to those interested in the two wars and would appreciate a fifferent perspective at odds with received history.