this is an amazingly even handed detailed account of World War II. I have never come across anything quite like it
I'm a big WWII history buff, and have listened to many good titles of this genre, but this book could not hold my interest. Overall, Mr. Beevor prefers to concentrate his writing on relating the driest of facts: Unit numbers, commanding officer names, direction of attack, strategies from the highest levels, etc., but omits most anything of the human interest side of history. When my attention began flagging while listening to some early war history surrounding Russia and Finland, I thought, "Let me skip ahead to something more interesting, like Pearl Harbor." It didn't improve my opinion. Sorry, but I found this book to be extremely dull. The one bright spot was the narrator--he is a masterful reader.
Not at all--I greatly enjoy history--just not this kind of recitation of facts and figures.
Comprehensive. More complex history than you may have thought, more relevant to todays world in which major powers + internal national rivalries muddy the bigger picture. A great book.
How can there be a "favorite character" in a history? I'd say the people of Poland. If you want to know why listen/read the book.
This is a long book. Much too much for one sitting. In fact good for a re-listen. There's a lot to absorb.
If you've read other books about or set in the context of WWII this book will give you background. Some things start making sense...unfortunately.
One day yes, but not for awhile. This book is very long. I will listen again, but in a few years, as it might take that long to digest everything. Don't get me wrong though, it is completely worth every minute you spend with it.
I can't say what book, but I got the same feeling of excitement and awe that I had after watching Band of Brothers on HBO.
This was so beautifully and expertly delivered. I cannot imagine another person who could have done such an amazing and perfect job.
The book is full of many moments that will make you pause, shutter, and shake your head in the absolute madness that the two world wars were made of.
This book is full of information and is so in-depth you will be amazed. The author clearly has spent a vast portion of their life researching and vetting the information. I especially appreciate the authors ability to present both sides of a story and then provide a level headed analysis to try and remove much of the attempts both sides make to either exaggerate or cloud an issue.
For those who like history in a narrative form, this is definitely a book worth investing your time and money in.
The book covers WWII at a macro level, but more often operates at the battle level moving from one encounter to the next to advance the narrative. Some may find this a relentless and unflinching way to unfold the story; I certainly did. There is a great deal of brutality and inhumanity laid out in the books pages.
There is much emphasis on the Eastern Front. The lion’s share of the book I would say. But there is also a fair amount of attention paid to the Sino-Japanese War and how it became folded into the broader conflict of WWII.
Beevor doesn't spare many of the revered leaders and generals of the war. His opinionated skewering leaves hardly anyone untouched, save Eisenhower. That’s fine by me; it’s only the man’s opinion, but some readers may bristle at his treatment of Roosevelt , Churchill and others.
All in all, a great one volume treatment.
Love reading. Three kids keep me busy so listening to books has become necessity.
Definitive history of The Second World War.
Very detailed and interesting but it some of the less known facts of just how low humans can sink that is the most memorable and disturbing.
Great narration coveys the events of the Second World War with power.
The behaviour of troops to civilians of the countries they are fighting is touchy at times but more often than not very challenging listening.
If you are history fan, particularly of the Second World War, then this is the book for you.
An excellent history of WWII. Very comprehensive with fresh insights. Recommend. I especially enjoyed the analysis regarding what Stalin thought of Roosevelt & Truman.