Max Hastings' study of the greatest and most terrible event in history continues in the second part of his epic book. 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 volume includes the chapters:
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This is a wonderful book. The author has encylcopaedic knowledge of the War .
Dealing chiefly with individual experiences the horror of the war
is poignantly captured.. Unforgettable images.
"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.
Well written, beautifully read. This book had no trouble keeping my interest. Full of facts and figures, Max Hastings has just managed to keep on the right side of too many so it never becomes boring.I am not a keen historian and this book has taught me that, well presented, history is fascinating.
"lived up to expectations"
having read anthony beevor's 'second world war' which somehow managed to compact the entire conflict into 800 pages and yet still expertly drive home a new spin on the salient points, i was looking forward to this side of the story told from the POV of those in the front line and it did not dissapoint. perfect for audio
"Good chronicle of the war"
Good chronicle of World War 2. Lots of details I wasn't aware of before. I found it rambled a bit in places and I lost the track but this is a minor issue. Overall well worth the effort.
"Glad I missed it."
As a historical work this is wonderful and ranks with Volume 1 as a favourite
There was no favourite character as such
He allows the various events to flow and gives the story of WW2 to build in a way that demonstrates the evil that was behind the regimes that fought in this conflict
There was a emotional reaction, it was the feeling of utter loss as to why so many people had to die for the lust for power of a few men.
Superbly written and researched and the use of the ordinary person whose life was totally altered by the conflict alongside the reasoning of the leaders.
"Comprehensive, Knowledgeable and Important"
Max Hastings is easily my favourite writer on the Second World War and he has produced a book that manages to adequately cover the whole war without being superficial.
Which in my book is a first for this subject.
"A marathon well worth the effort."
Have not read the print version
There are so many, the Russian campaign is by far the most memorable.
Difficult to say so much going on the narrate must find it hard to keep up.
No to long.
"Outstanding! A new modern rival to W. L. Shirer"
Outstanding! On par with Shirer's masterpiece if not surpassing it. This thought provocing book can amaze and haunt. A superb presentation of the human and financial cost of a global war. Covers not just the well documented areas of WW2 but covers some regions that are forgotten and are only known to younger generations due to current conflicts. The way the author covers the topics is well presented and easy to follow. It should be heard and read by all as with all wars it will not be the last one but the next one to worry about. How did mankind let this regime become so strong? Would we stop it happening elsewhere again? While the book does not cover this thought it makes me question that it is perhaps too late as the cycle is starting again! Listen to this audiobook you won't regret it, I have alreasy listened to this twice and I will do so again!
. 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.
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