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World at War Paperback – 30 Jun 2001

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  • Paperback
  • 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)
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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.

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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.

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The book was old and slightly faded but in very good condition particularly considering its age. I have read it through once and now on the second read. It was written soon after government files were opened but nevertheless conforms to what later research and writing has found, which again is very good considering its age.
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Interesting
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The World At War was written to accompany the famous WWII TV series, "The World At War". However, this is not the book of the TV series.
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.
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This narrative makes for compelling reading both in it's combined sweep and attention to detail. The author covers World War II from a military and political point of view, from the rise of Hitler to the war's aftermath. This book was written to accompany the television series of the same name and i s a series of accounts of individual campaigns, rather than chronological series. The book covers interesting facts such as the mention of how the war nourished important technological and social developments- American technicians desperate to break Japanese codes developed the ancestors of today's computers. In 1942 the Japanese captured the world's only source of quinine and inadvertently helped the British to develop the cure for malaria.

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.
Hitler saw the Slavs as subhuman, only slightly less obnoxious than the Jews, and this is what motivated his sudden invasion of Russia.
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Format: Paperback
An updated version of a very good book. Based on the massive and very detailed British TV series the book covers all aspects of the Second World War in great detail without becomming dull or distanced from the horror.The book contains some excellent photos and clear maps of the major campaigns together with clear and well written text. I read the book first when at school and it made me fall in love with military history from which I have made a career.If you are studying the Second World War or just interested this is a must have.
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Mark Arnold-Foster captures all of the major events in world war 2, in an exciting and easy to read style. The book maintains the reader's interest throughout and is an excellent follow up to the old TV series.
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!
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Read it in hardback thirty years ago and still think it's one of the most readable accounts of the whole war. Admittedly, some theaters of action get more attention than others but hey, its a fairly short book for such a huge and complex period. For someone who perhaps hasn't read extensively on the subject, this (because of its readability also) would be an excellent place to start.
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