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This review is from: Inferno: The World at War, 1939-1945 (Hardcover)
A mad dash through the maddest experience in human history. Max Hastings has delivered a knock-out punch with his one-volume treatment of the global experience in the second world war. Just before he gets bogged down in too much of the European theater, the reader is removed to events in the Pacific, keeping the dates neatly congruent with events elsewhere in the throes of battle. This is an indispensable addition to any student who wants to know how the world developed the shapes and shades that color our international experiences today. There is not much in-depth coverage of signal events in the war, but then there are plenty of monographs available for more refined study. The title of the book describes the war most succinctly: it was an Inferno of hell for all who participated and those who were dragged into participation. War is Hell, and this book opens the door to hell to anyone who romanticizes the glory of war: It is brutish, nasty, unfair, and inhuman. Well done Max Hastings.