- Publisher: TV Books Inc (30 Jun. 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1575001535
- ISBN-13: 978-1575001531
- Package Dimensions: 18 x 10.4 x 2.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,574,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
World at War Paperback – 30 Jun 2001
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"The World at War will satisfy historians, participants and a new generation which would like a readable and factual account of how it happened and what happened." (Sunday Times)
"A first-rate piece of work which can be commended to anyone who wants to aquire a rapid and accurate grasp of what happened." (Glasgow Herald) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The classic book of the classic TV series about the Second World War. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
This book was first published in 1973. The book gives account of the WWII from Hilter raises to power to the final surrender of the Japanese. Although the book is called "The World At World", it mainly gives the stories about the WWII from the prospective of Britain rather than the world at large. It does not mention much about the Chinese struggles against the Japanese occupation in China which has contributed to the defeat of the Japanese and the Axis' plan to join forces in the Middle East.
However credit must be given to the author for acknowledging the Russian's contribution, even in the mist of the cold war.
Overall, this book provides a good account of what happened in WWII, especially for those who wish to get a quick grasp of the British involvements during WWII.
In Chapter 1 we read of Neville Chamberlain's appeasement policy and that Chamberlain and his Foreign Secretary Lord Halifax actually planned to make a deal with Nazi Germany in 1940 after the war had started, whereby Britain would sue for peace. This was of course scuppered by the taking over of the helm of the intrepid Winston Churchill. In the chapter on the Greek and Yugoslav campaign Arnold-Foster points out that the Yugoslav revolt against Nazi occupation and the British landing in Yugoslavia in May, 1941pushed the date of the German invasion of the Soviet Union until June 22 1941 putting the Nazis at a considerable disadvantage, causing them to fight the Soviets in the dead of the Russian winter which had also been the undoing of course of Napoleon.
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The book is split into several different sections, giving detailed descriptions of happenings in various parts of the world - the fall of France, Battle of Britain & Atlantic, Campaign in Italy, Victory in USSR and the struggle for the Pacific. This is followed up by describing the politics of war and death/ resistance in occupied countries.
One of the features that makes the book so interesting is the fact that it includes accounts of individuals involved- such as the first-hand account of the pilot from the American bomber that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. In the middle of the book there are pictures, helping the reader to gather more vivid thoughts of the situation.
The only criticism that I could give to this book is that it does not gives enough attention to the British and Polish codebreakers - I believe that the work of Alan Turning and his team of cryptographers at Bletchley Park played a major part in bringing victory to the allies.
Overall though, I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone wanting to increase their knowledge of WW2 in an interesting and exciting way. An excellent buy and an excellent read!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I BOUGHT THIS FOR MY BROTHER ONE CHRISTMAS AS HE IS INTO THIS SORT OF THING AND HE LOVED ITPublished on 28 April 2013 by Denise Sandra
I loved the series on the TV, which I still think is the best I've seen, so bought this as a present for a friend who is interested, but doesn't watch too much television. Read morePublished on 27 Oct. 2010 by Number Two Daughter
My son requested this book as a companion to the BBC series that he collected from the Daily Mail.
An excellent and worthy addition to any collection.