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The Second World War

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Publisher's Summary

Over the past two decades, Antony Beevor has established himself as one of the world's premier historians of World War II. His multi-award winning books have included Stalingrad and The Fall of Berlin 1945. Now, in his newest and most ambitious book, he turns his focus to one of the bloodiest and most tragic events of the 20th century, The Second World War.

In this searing narrative, which takes us from Hitler's invasion of Poland on September 1st, 1939 to V-J day on August 14th, 1945, and the war's aftermath, Beevor describes the conflict and its global reach - one that included every major power. The result is a dramatic and breathtaking single-volume history that provides a remarkably intimate account of the war that, more than any other, still commands attention and an audience.

Thrillingly written and brilliantly researched, Beevor's grand and provocative account is destined to become the definitive work on this complex, tragic, and endlessly fascinating period in world history. It confirms once more that he is a military historian of the first rank.

©2012 Antony Beevor (P)2012 Hachette Audio

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    Jack 05-19-17
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    "EXCELLENT BUY!"

    Great reader. Voice is professional and engaging. Content, to borrow the words of another review i read "fills in gaps i didnt even know i had" in my WWII knowledge. Somehow the author gives a ton of info, but avoids getting the story bogged down in details.

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    Tom 03-10-17
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    "great book"

    Captivating, honest and balanced presentation of the 2nd World War. All who listen I believe will come to see that this is true.

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    Mike E. Kirkwood, NY United States 12-27-16
    Mike E. Kirkwood, NY United States 12-27-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Marvelous storytelling"

    One of the most comprehensive histories of the Second World War I have ever read. Filled with many individual stories of the heroism and terror of all-out global war, Mr. Beevors' writing style fascinates the reader. Highly recommended! !!

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    az-joe 10-16-16
    az-joe 10-16-16 Member Since 2015
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    "another great history by beevor"

    more European coverage then Asian but overall very informative. lot of great insights and very informative.

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    Craig J. Anderson Stuart, FL 08-30-16
    Craig J. Anderson Stuart, FL 08-30-16 Member Since 2014

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    "wow"

    this is an amazingly even handed detailed account of World War II. I have never come across anything quite like it

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    Kellyn Stoffel 08-10-16
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    "Great book"

    Very informative and heart wrenching. Every person should listen to this book at least once.

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    Amazon Customer 03-19-16 Member Since 2009
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    What would have made The Second World War better?

    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.


    Has The Second World War turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not at all--I greatly enjoy history--just not this kind of recitation of facts and figures.


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    M.A. 07-14-15
    M.A. 07-14-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Probably the best book about WWII"
    If you could sum up The Second World War in three words, what would they be?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This is a long book. Much too much for one sitting. In fact good for a re-listen. There's a lot to absorb.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Brad Humphrey 04-07-15

    Dare to Compare

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    "Incredibly eye opening! War is worse than hell!"

    I thought I knew about war. I also thought I knew World War II... My god but I didn't! This is a must read.

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    Kyle 01-15-15
    Kyle 01-15-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Think you know history, think again."
    Would you listen to The Second World War again? Why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare The Second World War to and why?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Sean Barrett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was so beautifully and expertly delivered. I cannot imagine another person who could have done such an amazing and perfect job.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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