The Second World War

The Second World War Over the past two decades Antony Beevor has established himself as one of the world s premier historians of WWII His multi award winning books have included Stalingrad and The Fall of Berlin Now

Over the past two decades, Antony Beevor has established himself as one of the world s premier historians of WWII His multi award winning books have included Stalingrad and The Fall of Berlin 1945 Now, in his newest and most ambitious book, he turns his focus to one of the bloodiest and most tragic events of the twentieth century, the Second World War In this searing naOver the past two decades, Antony Beevor has established himself as one of the world s premier historians of WWII His multi award winning books have included Stalingrad and The Fall of Berlin 1945 Now, in his newest and most ambitious book, he turns his focus to one of the bloodiest and most tragic events of the twentieth century, the Second World War In this searing narrative that takes us from Hitler s invasion of Poland on September 1st, 1939 to V J day on August 14th, 1945 and the war s aftermath, Beevor describes the conflict and its global reach one that included every major power The result is a dramatic and breathtaking single volume history that provides a remarkably intimate account of the war that, than any other, still commands attention and an audience Thrillingly written and brilliantly researched, Beevor s grand and provocative account is destined to become the definitive work on this complex, tragic, and endlessly fascinating period in world history, and confirms once that he is a military historian of the first rank.

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  1. Antony James Beevor is a British historian, educated at Winchester College and Sandhurst He studied under the famous historian of World War II, John Keegan Beevor is a former officer with the 11th Hussars who served in England and Germany for 5 years before resigning his commission He has published several popular histories on the Second World War and 20th century in general.

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  1. I will open by writing that I know very little about the Second World War Well, I KNEW very little about the Second World War After reading this book I now know a lot I m not sure I m happier for the knowing I did not sit down and read this book through in one sitting To be honest I ve had it for several months and I read it chapter by chapter in between all of the other books I have read this summer It was too much war for me to take all at once That does not mean that it was a bad book not at [...]

  2. Single volume chronologies of WW2 seem to be all the rage of late, and this book must compete with such works as Max Hastings Inferno and Gerhard Weinberg s World at Arms Unlike the two mentioned, which take a particular unique vertical slice, Beevor just tries to tell a decade long story about two theaters of war, and do it competently In that he succeeds, for the most part.While the writing is not the breathtaking sort often reached for by the likes of Weinberg, it is readable and enjoyable fo [...]

  3. Every nation experienced and remembers the war in different ways For the British, French and Poles, it began with the Nazi attack on Poland in September 1939 For Russians, notwithstanding their assaults on Poland, Finland and the Baltic States, the real war started in June 1941 with the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union For Americans, it began with the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor in December 1941 For Japan, however, Pearl Harbor was the continuation of an expansionist military adventure that s [...]

  4. For some crazy reason I bought both Beevor s book on World War II and Max Hasting s Inferno The World at War, 1939 1945 when they were published in the US a couple years ago While I wouldn t call myself a WW2 buff, my steady interest dates back to the summer of 1976 when I picked up John Lukacs The Last European War, September 1939 December 1941 in a Georgetown bookstore Lukacs provides a rich diplomatic history, and the kind of drama underlying the many novels of Alan Furst Beevor and Hastings [...]

  5. In the acknowledgements to his latest history, The Second World War, Antony Beevor says that he wrote this comprehensive tome on one of the biggest events in human history because he wanted to fill in the gaps to his own knowledge of the topic But, he says, above all it is an attempt to understand how the whole complex jigsaw fits together, with the direct and indirect effects of actions and decisions taking place in very different theatres of war In this, Beevor succeeds where no other historia [...]

  6. Antony Beevorin Toinen maailmansota WSOY, 2012 on liki tuhatsivuinen yleisesitys sodasta, josta on ehditty vuosien varrella kirjoittaa niin paljon, mutta johon voi ottaa edelleen uuden tulokulman ja josta arkistojen avautuessa l ytyy alati uutta tutkittavaa.Olen lukenut sotahistoriaa jonkin verran, mutta ihmeellisen asiantuntijana en silti voi itse ni pit Beevorin teokset onkin suunnattu aika lailla minun kohderyhm lleni yleistajuista ja kiinnostavaa historiaa, jota lukee sujuvasti kuin hyv kaun [...]

  7. L Europa nella quale siamo natiQuesto libro ripaga largamente il lettore in cerca di un opera divulgativa e di buon livello, che dia una visione d insieme della seconda guerra mondiale E una lettura necessariamente imponente che ho apprezzato moltissimo, perch nell ultimo anno di scuola non siamo arrivati a studiarla e le mie conoscenze erano parziali e di seconda mano Per esempio, non sapevo che la guerra fra Cina e Giappone stata combattuta in quegli anni, n che di fatto la Cina avesse due ese [...]

  8. This is the third of three really good comprehensive histories of the second world war to come out in the past two years along with those by Andrew Roberts and Max Hastings It is comprehensive and well written What is most important, however, is how the book tells a coherent story Any single volume history of the war must leave things out You can tell this here, since Beevor has published multiple well received volumes on various battles of the war before this one on such critical battles as the [...]

  9. I have always been fascinated with any and all things to do with World War II From the rise of Hitler, to the bombing of Hiroshima, this is perhaps the richest time in the history of the world Due to the staggering scale of this time period, most books, both fiction and nonfiction, choose to focus on specific events or characters In this hugely ambitious work, Antony Beevor attempts to provide a narrative overview of the entire war In the book, Beevor effectively introduces the early onsets of t [...]

  10. This is a subject where a single battle, a single country or a single person can take up than one tomes of material So, I imagine it s extremely hard to fit the whole war in a single book.Yet Beevor has done it with surprising clarity, completeness and depth I ve read hundreds of books on WWII, and yet I found that there were actually new things to learn from this single tome volume Beevor writes very nicely, with a fluid narrative that keeps the interest up with no let up He manages to captiva [...]

  11. I have had the urge to read a good general history of the Second World War for years and finally decided to go for this one as Antony Beevor is highly regarded This is a good narrative history that provides an accessible general picture of the central historical moment of the last century.There wasn t much that really struck me as a revelation or an original and revisionist perspective having picked up a lot this history through other reading or documentaries and films, but I suppose you have to [...]

  12. This magisterial work had humble beginnings, according to the author Beevor writes in the Acknowledgements section of this book I always felt a bit of a fraud when consulted as a general expert on the Second World War because I was acutely conscious of the large gaps in my knowledge, especially of unfamiliar aspects Beevor s fame as a writer of narrative history is very much based on his histories of Second World War battles Stalingrad, Berlin the downfall 1945, and D Day the battle for Normandy [...]

  13. While WW2 has been a favorite topic of mine for years I mainly read about it online The reason I turned to this book is that I couldn t find answers to certain questions I had in etc.I wasn t disappointed at all to read about the whole WW2 chronicle in great detail while it still being digestible What I liked most was real witness accounts of how the fronts looked like in the form of letters written by soldiers or parts of conversations that took place between the central characters of the War I [...]

  14. Antony Beevor s general history of the Second World War is a momentous achievement Weighing in at 880 pages it provides a comprehensive, well considered and well written account of a truly momentous set of events in world history Writing a general history of one of the twentieth century s Total Wars is a formidable task Although the timeframe for the First and Second World Wars are individually relatively narrow, the geographical breadth and sheer range of events make it difficult to construct a [...]

  15. It is arguable that the second world war was the biggest event in human history, certainly in the last few thousand years It resulted in the death of over 50 million people, all over the globe Hundreds of millions were injured physically and mentally Much of the infrastructure of civilisation was destroyed Its difficult to believe that this happened in living memory of some people still alive today, and had a direct effect upon the world as it is now This is the best book I ve read on the subjec [...]

  16. This book does an excellent job of tying every part of the Second World War together Though Beevor is a specialist on the European war, he covers everything from Operation Torch in North Africa to the Sino Japanese War and its impact on Axis Allied power.In his style, Beevor writes in a way that makes it difficult to put the book down As ever, it s not simply a chronological arrangement of events but a story which is endlessly fascinating For all this, it is clear to the reader that Beevor simpl [...]

  17. It took me about 9 months to read this book by Antony Beevor During this time period, I was consumed by the events that took place during 1939 1945 while the world and civilization plunged into uncertainty and fear Everything that I had learned about the War previously seemed naive in comparison to what actually happened I will not wax poetic on exactly why that is, but I will say that I am very thankful I read this I am left with an immense sense of appreciation at the heroism of the individual [...]

  18. I feel bad giving this book only four stars, it is one of the best books I have ever read about WWII, however it promises so much in the beginning it would be impossible to carry through in less than two thousand pages.The author includes far information on the war in China than I have encountered before, you will most likely need a map to keep up.Very few of the major players hold up well to Beevor s analysis, just a few examples Churchill a gadfly with an attention deficit, it was his poor pl [...]

  19. This definitive history is both too quick and too slow I suppose it is my fault for wanting the sweep of the Second World War in one book He expects a certain background knowledge of military technology that I don t have What would a glider look like in WWII Is it really what I m thinking Apparently Messerschmitts come in different sizes, but it is left up to you to figure out that some are bombers, or fighters You have to hope the General s name is ethnically identifiable and it often isn t , b [...]

  20. A very readable and comprehensive history of the Second World War Beevor s main focus and success is in showing how the various different conflicts across the globe did, in reality, influence each other despite the actually very small practical overlap for example he finds only one very minor example where German forces assisted Japan.However, I didn t find this as strong as the works, e.g on Stalingrad and Berlin, that made Beevor s name Those books distinguished themselves by focusing on the i [...]

  21. HistoryVery interesting and readable history of the second world war Shocking treatment of civilians and prisoners at the hands of the axis forces and the willingness of Soviet leaders to sacrifice their own troops is truly frightening.

  22. With Beevor, we are not in the history of long times The presentation is chronological A modern historian would have chosen a theme, here there is the beginning and the end And it is very well It is even reassuring.We see the history parading us There is a clinical precision There are two aspects which seems important to me The first one is that it was a world war We too much tend to think only in Europe and the Pacific But there was China, the Philippines, Burma All these bloody episodes Nanjin [...]

  23. I don t usually push my reading tastes on others but read this damn book Everyone Over the course of my adult life I have probably read over 100 books relating to WWII I won t go as far as to say this is the best but it is a completely enthralling epic told with consummate skill He has the added vantage point unavailable to earlier chroniclers of the war because recent historians have access to heretofore denied Soviet archives I think what this book does better than all the others is to paint t [...]

  24. While I and a few others think Stopped At Stalingrad to be Beevor s best book, because it was so original, there is a very solid case to be made that this general history of the war is his best.It is so good that one is immediately aware that the author studied under Keegan.Beevor s treatment of Soviet Archives not just for the plans to invade Western Europe that were aborted by the Atomic bombs and recent scholarship on the Chinese Civil War makes it depressingly illuminating A fifth of humanit [...]

  25. I have just finished the book, and what a journey it was I particually enjoyed the chapters of the conflict in China and the hostilities between the Nationalist and Communist parties Amazing to think that the Imperial Japanese invading and destroying the country was not the only problem for the country It s frightening to think of the atrocities that Mao would commit in the future against his own people, with a death toll that would rival the whole of WW2 My one criticism is that it s easy to ge [...]

  26. This is a stunning book It is well written, thoroughly researched and will give you a good understanding of all the theatres of the war as well as the political machinations behind the scenes.I could go into great detail explaining why I would recommend this book to my fellow readers, but I do not believe I could do this book justice in less than 19,650 characters My advice is just read it

  27. If you are looking for a basic overiew of WW2, covering basically everything, then this is the book The narrative always flows quickly, and keeps you interested I would say a general understanding of the conflict is assumed, so perhaps not the book for a complete beginner but for myself I thought it was brilliant, covering all the aspects that you would wish, and telling the story of the big dogs as well as the regular soldiers A really brilliant read.

  28. A totally engrossing and captivating book that manages to compress so much knowledge and details into an immensely accomplished story The heroes, the villains and the utter folly of war told with passion and respect, yet managing to convey it in a way that also presents the big picture Lest we forget, Beevor is the ultimate war historian.

  29. I admit, though I m pretty au fait with the various incidents of the Second World War thanks to films, television series and documentaries, I hadn t read enough dad ish books on the subject to spot that taking the conflict as a whole is a novelty Still, that doesn t mean Beevor s book didn t have its desired effect on me.It s not just a case of putting The Gathering Storm, Atonement, Pearl Harbor, Saving Private Ryan, A Bridge Too Far and Downfall in order, it s the cumulative effect of being pr [...]

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