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Peerless, 15 May 2012
Most of what is to be said about this book has been said already both in customer and mainstream media reviews.
This is the book Hastings has been building up to write all his life. It is the best single volume WW2 history I have ever read by some distance, and he ties in all the themes and chronology really well. Quite a bit I didn't know as well especially about the brutality of the German/Russian aspect of the conflict. Genuinely peerless. Indeed it is quite possibly the best history book I've ever read. I suspect most people with even a vague interest in WW2 will have already read this, but if not just get it, simple as that.