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on May 21, 2018
Max Hastings triumphs once more. Following on from "Catastrophe: Europe Goes to War in 1914" Hastings delivers a mix of the strategic & the personal during WW2.

He pulls no punches as he lays out the incredible blundering on all sides, including the seldom mentioned ineptitude & outright amateurish way The Axis Powers so often conducted themselves.

His writing is fluid & gripping, making something totally unexpected, a history book that's a page turner.
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on May 19, 2018
Book is in very good/like new condition.
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on May 18, 2018
Single volume WWII. good read best single volume WWII published recently good one to start reading about WWII for the first time
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on April 17, 2018
Much too long. It was more of an encyclopedic version.
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on April 3, 2018
I wasn't sure what to expect from a one-volume history of World War II but it turns out that this really isn't a conventional history of the war. Instead of writing about the chronology of the war or battles, Hastings writes about the human experience of the war. He writes about what soldiers, sailors, and airmen experienced as well as what civilians experienced. A recurring theme is the cost of the war in the east versus the cost of the war in the west. Often, World War II histories seem to gloss over things the Allies did wrong and mistakes they made, but Hastings is also balanced and honest. He points out that while the Axis were guilty of war crimes, the Allies' reputation was lily white either. This is a book that, in my opinion, should be required reading on the war because it lays out the human cost of World War II and puts the war in perspective.
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on March 4, 2018
I feel like I gained a couple semesters of material in this book. The writer manages to make the narrative flow in a way that it does not feel like one is reading a history book, but rather as if one is privileged to gain insight from the witnesses. This includes personal letters, diary entries, etc. The conflict became magnified in my mind, and one sees that it isn't a matter of good vs. evil, but rather, millions of people across the world had their lives turn into nightmares as they, guilty of nothing, became victims of fascist, communist, and yes even, democratic tyrants.
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on January 19, 2018
More engaging than most histories.
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on January 15, 2018
This review is for the physical book, not its contents. This is the most poorly-bound book I've ever read. About 30 pages fell out of the first copy, so I requested another one. Within 10 minutes of opening the second copy, a few pages fell out. The book itself was a good read, but I would recommend that you get a different version.
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on December 6, 2017
Enjoyable read. Better than most of the other histories of the war that I have read. Great book for anyone unfamiliar with WW2.
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on November 24, 2017
I have had a lifelong love affair with well-written history. This book is one of the best histories of WWII that I have ever read. I often use it as a reference book. Mr. Hastings dispassionate approach to the facts is refreshing and clear. I also noted an occasional bit of sarcasm or humor that made the book great fun to read.
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