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Great war historian loses focus,
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Anthony Beever's previous books on Stalingrad, Berlin, and Spanish battles came alive with immaculate research, fluid writing and heart-breaking anecdotes. All those things are missing from The Second World War. Beever rambles across the world's battlefields and diplomatic tables without real conviction or flair. Chapters on areas outside his core study areas, such as Asia and Naval warfare, are superficially researched and unreferenced. The masterful build-up to climax in his previous books is substituted for a drone-like recital of encyclopedic facts: "Nineteen Wildcat fighters and twelve dive-bombers, flown off a carrier, arrived five days later." This drone is awkwardly punctuated by misplaced anecdotes on the experiences of individual soldiers, generals and politicians. A disappointing book from a great historian.