I am an old guy born on the eve of America's involvement.(Feb 1942.) WWII. I have read quite a few books and seen a lot of TV programs about WWII. This book has it all,and fills in many gaps in my knowledge.I am about a third way through it.I can't get in my car without put it on with my Kindle and listening to it through the speakers. Sometimes I sit there with the engine running waiting for a particularly dramatic portion to finish.
I would disagree with anyone who says that the book is dull,or that it does not cover all the areas,such as the Russian or Asian fronts.
Much of the stuff that happened is sad beyond belief. If this was a good war,I would hate to see a bad one.The book is is powerfully dramatic yet understated. The thing that comes across again and again is the boneheadedness of leader after leader including generals and politicians who ignored the obvious in pursuit of their fixed ideas. It was way the innocent who paid the price for their stupidity. Also we should not complain so much about out bad times,as we do not know what bad times are.
The book operates on a macro level with fascinating evaluation of what went on behind the scenes yet is sprinkled with fascinating details. There is even humor as in the fate of of the captured Italian divisions prostitutes who taken prisoner and forced to spent the rest of the war in a convent.
I was surprised at just how non- academic this is. For a Nobel Prize winner I would expect it to be a lot more enlightening. I had a hard time listening. In fact I haven't finished it.Perhaps it will wear better if I persist.,
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