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The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War | [Andrew Roberts]

The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War

The Second World War lasted for 2,174 days, cost $1.5 trillion, and claimed the lives of more than 50 million people. Why did the Axis lose? And could they, with a different strategy, have won? Andrew Roberts's acclaimed new history has been hailed as the finest single-volume account of this epic conflict. From the western front to North Africa, from the Baltic to the Far East, he tells the story of the war - the grand strategy and the individual experience, the cruelty and the heroism - as never before.
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The Second World War lasted for 2,174 days, cost $1.5 trillion, and claimed the lives of more than 50 million people. What were the factors that affected the war's outcome? Why did the Axis lose? And could they, with a different strategy, have won?

Andrew Roberts' acclaimed new history has been hailed as the finest single-volume account of this epic conflict. From the western front to North Africa, from the Baltic to the Far East, he tells the story of the war - the grand strategy and the individual experience, the cruelty and the heroism - as never before.

In researching this magnificently vivid history, Roberts walked many of the key battlefields and wartimes sites in Russia, France, Italy, Germany, and the Far East, and drew on a number of never-before-published documents, such as a letter from Hitler's director of military operations explaining the reasoning behind the Fuhrer's order to halt the Panzers outside Dunkirk - a delay that enabled British forces to evacuate. Roberts illuminates the principal actors on both sides and analyzes how they reached critical decisions. He also presents the tales of many little-known individuals whose experiences form a panoply of the extraordinary courage and self-sacrifice, as well as the terrible depravity and cruelty, of the Second World War.

Meticulously researched and masterfully written, The Storm of War gives a dramatic account of this momentous event and shows in remarkable detail why the war took the course it did.

©2011 Andrew Roberts (P)2011 Tantor

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    stpal001 06-02-12
    stpal001 06-02-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Almost didn't buy this book..."

    I almost didn't buy this book. I have read dozens of WWII histories and this seemed like it would be just another. I was wrong. Insightful analysis and an intelligent explanation of the 1939-1947 time period made me a believer. I say 1947 because it is clear from this story that WWII could easily have spanned that time period, and beyond. It is fair to say that this book turned around my entire thinking about what WWII meant to the world at the time and the world we live in today. On the surface, much of this books dwells on parts of WWII few others have discussed (e.g. Burma, Italy, etc.). But on a deeper level, it is a 21st century retrospective on what it all meant to us, the living today.Rodska's delivery is riveting. Robert's analsysis is dead on, tack sharp, and downright scary.

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    russell levittown, NY, United States 12-22-11
    russell levittown, NY, United States 12-22-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Wish it would never end the book not the war"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely I did recommend it to my brother and my friends who are interested in this type of literature


    What other book might you compare The Storm of War to and why?

    I read the rise and fall of the Third Reich before I listen to this book and I figured it could not light a match to it but I was pleasantly surprised it was right up there but really what took it over the top was the narrator he was on the money with this Churchill impression .


    What does Christian Rodska bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His impressions and I felt like 10 people were reading this book to me if not 15


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes there was a moment when the German people were getting burnt up by the bombs when their cities were being destroyed and they were feeling the hell that they were bringing down on the world for the past five years it was a beautiful thing to see them get a taste of their own medicine


    Any additional comments?

    Thank God books are still written like this to still remind us of the sacrifice of the brave men and women who stood up to the Nazi aggression so we are reminded in our small lives compared to their lives back in those days when they knew what heart ache was in pain and sufferings. And then a book like this is well-written to keep people interested in a story that has 1 million stories in it. I recommend this book to all let us never forget these people in the past who live these times so we may live our lives today with iPods and audible books I

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    Christopher Warsaw, IN, United States 10-26-11
    Christopher Warsaw, IN, United States 10-26-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Exacting detail"

    Simply a must listen. Takes the reader from start to finish of world war II.

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    Bob S. 10-04-12
    Bob S. 10-04-12

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    "Correction: European WWII"

    With just three hours left I finally gave up when the discussion went on and on about the specifications of German and Russian tanks. Overcome by boredom, I just quit. This is a hard book to audio, given the reams of statistics. It's especially tough to audio while driving. I found myself using the back button a lot to get the numbers. I'll admit that it's pretty hard to cover all of WWII in one book, but this is very England-centric and barely mentions the war in the Pacific. Short chapters on Pearl Harbor and The Battle of Midway, but that's about it. The performance was good...particularly nice impressions of Churchill!

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    Tim United States 06-23-12
    Tim United States 06-23-12 Member Since 2011

    Putting books on the back burner.

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    "Not for Novice Readers"

    Reading about different past wars is one of my genres that I like to keep up to date with. It is something that I have been interested in for a long time. The Second World War has always been a fascination of mine because it was so complex and was a pinnacle in our world history.

    Reading beyond the battle field and beyond that tactical front what interests me the most. This title does not disappoint because you learn more what went on behind close doors. You also learn about the suffering from ordinary people in their day to day lives during this period of time.

    The book couldn't be any better because the author is re releasing the facts, but the book would had been complete if there were more explanations of "why's".

    If you are picking up "The Storm of War", you already know the basic fundamentals of the Second World War. This book is not for novice readers because it doesn't explains on the why's, but rely on the facts.

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    Clinton Kent City, MI, United States 04-30-12
    Clinton Kent City, MI, United States 04-30-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Avoid this error riddled book"

    I caught on to many name errors such as General der Flieger Kurt Student being referred to as "Karl Student". The author also could NOT keep German terms correctly. He was constantly mixing up the differences between Wehrmacht, Heer, Luftwaffe, OKW, OKH, ect... This was an absolute disaster when trying to keep German commanders and operations separated. Example: He kept writing things like 'The Wehrmacht and Luftwaffe'. Wehrmacht is the German term for the combined military forces; Heer (Army), Luftwaffe (Air Force), Kriegsmarine (Navy), and Waffen-SS (Combat Forces of the SS). The OKW controlled them all, the OKH was in charge of the Heer. Any student of World War Two history will know that if these terms aren't used correctly, the work will be riddled with errors which is what happened here.

    I did enjoy the fact that the book did bring to light that the Soviets killed more Jews and civilians than the Germans ever did. I'm not defending the Germans, they were bad too but I hate how the Soviets are always painted as such wonderful men in many WW2 books. Ask the Polish their thoughts on the Russians during and after the war. This is a proven fact swept under the rug for years by the victors. I'd like to say the Author remained non-bias by doing this but on the other hand he made plenty of unjust jabs at the French. I'm not French nor a fan of French action or leaders during the war but I do not enjoy bias in any book as a student of history. I want the cut and dry truth, not everyone's opinion.

    I was also a bit upset at the lack of depth on many major battles. For example Unternehmen Merkur (The German airborne invasion of Crete - Operation Mercury) was incredibly short and lacking in many facts that should have been added to this book. This is also where I kept getting very annoyed at Kurt Student being called "Karl Student" repetitively. This was one of the largest airborne operations in history and it was summarized in a couple minutes. This operation has so many devastating affects on the Germans that it NEEDS to be detailed! To summarize: The delay of Operation Barbarossa causing the Germans to be ground to a halt outside Moscow due to the Russian winter, the lost of confidence in major airborne operations, the loss of so many German transport aircraft and highly trained Fallschrimjager, and the list can go on.

    My last note as that the narrator did an OK job but I was terribly annoyed with his accents when reading for characters, especially the German ones.

    If you want a quality book, I highly recommend: 'The Second World War' by Keegan.

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    Greg 02-25-12
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes. As long as the listener knows he is getting a British perspective on the European Theatre it is a fine history.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Some alternative strategies were discussed. Nazi ideology's influence on German strategy was well presented.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The discussion of Blitzkrieg in France. Beating the Cheese Eating Surrender Monkeys is always fun.


    Do you think The Storm of War needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Perhaps a second volume that examines the war in the Pacific would be worth it.


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    Judith Chesapeake, VA, United States 11-13-11
    Judith Chesapeake, VA, United States 11-13-11 Member Since 2013

    Inventor with successful invention. Listen to my books while at the gym. Good for my brain!

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    "What a dope I've been!"

    I grew up thinking WWII was akin to a club-med camping trip. (But that's what our Gov. wanted us to think.) I'm sure this book didn't tell everything that went on. But like Gen. Sherman of the Civil War once said; "War is hell!" And he wasn't kidding! Good book.

    I had to adjust to the strong British accent. But once I got used to it. . . I was hooked!

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