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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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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!
The large amount of maps included were of great help to me, being someone who needs to picture the battle/campaign movements in order to really understand them. The writer's analysis of crucial phases in the war brought home the enormity of this war, and his closing comments on why the axis powers lost and potential turning points (Dunkirk, etc.) were thoughtful, yet still down-to-Earth.
The detail was faultless for me (experts may well disagree), with consideration given not just to the fighting, but also aspects of the War such as the Blitz, atrocities committed, as well as quotations from historians, soldiers, leaders and civilians.
This was an excellent, flowing study with good amounts of originality, making it by no means 'just another' World War Two book that has been flung into the market.