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on 19 May 2014
This is first class history from one of the greatest historians of the period. Richard Overy is such a reliable academic and rarely puts a foot or thought wrong. This book should be on the shelf of anyone that professes to be interested in WW2 or military history in general. The areas he covers will astound you, in particular the efforts of the warring nations to master the war economy and in particular the differences in the end between the victors and the nations that were brought to their knees in defeat. The story of Japan and Germany are so similar in that their economies, in spite of being geared up for war before the other nations, never really could cope, mainly for the political structure that kept the economies on the back foot, the exception is the Russian war effort that somehow turns itself around to power the Red Army to complete victory. The US economy is just breathtaking in its ability to mass produce quality weapons of war at relatively short notice. I could go on as I have just covered war production and nothing else.
Overy covers all the bases, strategically, politically, logistically etc etc, and covers them all in a coherent and structured format that makes this book essential for any student who want a comprehensive overview of the requirements for victory on the biggest scale. Well done again Mr Overy....
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