The complete magisterial history of the greatest and most terrible event in history, from one of the finest historians of the Second World War. This shows the impact of war upon hundreds of millions of people around the world - soldiers, sailors and airmen; housewives, farm workers and children.
Reflecting Max Hastings's 35 years of research on World War II, All Hell Let Loose describes the course of events, but focuses chiefly upon human experience. There are vivid descriptions of the tragedies and triumphs of a host of ordinary people, in uniform and out of it, in an 'everyman's story'.
This is now the entire audiobook, not in two parts.
©2011 Max Hastings (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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""Warts and all" overview of WW2"
An very accessible assessment of the actions, strengths and failures of the major nation participants in WW2 concluding with a broad brush overview of the influence of that conflict on late 20th century and early 21st century geopolitics.
"Terrifying, sad, emotional and educational."
I could not help but think the author was a bit biased but that has not prevented him from telling an incredibly detailed account of the entire war. It's well structured, easy to understand and relate to. A truly inspirational, sad, emotional and terrifying account which I found very educational. I'll listen to it again in a few years, I've no doubt.
"Descriptive and saddening"
A descriptive catalogue of the horrors of war leaving me drained and appalled at 'man's inhumanity to man'.
It just goes on and one, the crimes committed against non combatants, women, elderly and children with the knowledge that such things are happening today really challenges any hope one has for the future of our species.
If there are 'space' aliens watching us, is it any wonder they have not made contact.
A very long listen expertly read. I learned a lot, the 20th century was a hell of a time, it continues on into the 21st, will the killing never end?
superbly written and well narrated. hard going in some places due to content.. couldn't stop listening though.
As with all of Hasting's books, this is a great read, packed with facts and figures, but with enough of a dramatic narrative to deliver the emotion of the events being discussed.
"Placing events in context"
Very well written
The attitude of the English towards the locals in the far east.
A great story teller he puts you right into the book.
Yes it made me re-think those events at the start of the war which we held as true
Max Hastings has again provide a very thought provoking documentary piece by using the thought and recollections of people across the whole spectrum of society and from both sides.
"Brilliant work comes to life"
Little can be added to the already glowing reviews of this outstanding book in terms of content. However the audio version brings to life in a striking and often poignant manner the emphasis on the individual human stories. If you think you have already read or heard it all this audio will change your mind and give a new perspective.
"Kaleidoscopic first person history"
Hastings uses first person experiences to illustrate a consistently independent and thought provoking analysis of the war. I wasn't sure about this purchase because it seemed hard to believe that there was anything original or new to say but it's a pleasure to report that I grossly underestimated Hastings' ability to create something that's both gripping and touching. First hand accounts culled from combatants' letters home often conclude with a post-script that the letter was recovered from the writer's body shortly afterwards and over time we begin to get a sense of the human tragedy behind the casualty figures. The work required to produce such a clear account from such a large body of material must have been enormous and while I'd prefer to get both volumes for a single credit I didn't feel short-changed in terms of the duration of each volume or the quality of the writing.
. it takes out all the we won the war an replaces with some facts- History usually is written by the victors for the victors.. this work writes it as it is.. success and failure- Just a point.. the issues are a bit mixed up, there are 4 books, Book one Vol 1 & 2. and book 2 vol 1 & 2.. but whoever put it on here has got Vol 2 somewhat muddled up and calls them Vol 2 pt 2 and Vol 2 pt 3...- ?Just check it before you listen..- Well worth the money.
I have enjoyed this as it's entertaining and superbly narrated - but I have to say i'm disappointed at the pricing of this book in terms of needing two credits. Other quality WW2 history books have a similar listening time and remain at one credit. For example the fairly recent 'The Storm of War - Andrew Roberts' (a slightly better book in my opinion)
My most recent purchase is 'The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich - W. Shirer' This runs to fifty seven hours of listening for one credit, compared to the fourteen hours for part one of this.
Not great value when other comparable (and better) books are cheaper.
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