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The Second World Wars

How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won
Narrated by: Bob Souer
Length: 23 hrs and 28 mins
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A definitive account of World War II by America's preeminent military historian.  

World War II was the most lethal conflict in human history. Never before had a war been fought on so many diverse landscapes and in so many different ways, from rocket attacks in London to jungle fighting in Burma to armor strikes in Libya.  

The Second World Wars examines how combat unfolded in the air, at sea, and on land to show how distinct conflicts among disparate combatants coalesced into one interconnected global war. Drawing on 3,000 years of military history, Victor Davis Hanson argues that despite its novel industrial barbarity, neither the war's origins nor its geography were unusual. Nor was its ultimate outcome surprising. The Axis powers were well prepared to win limited border conflicts, but once they blundered into global war, they had no hope of victory.  

An authoritative new history of astonishing breadth, The Second World Wars, offers a stunning reinterpretation of history's deadliest conflict.

©2017 Victor Davis Hanson (P)2018 Tantor

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Outstanding.

Loved it. Learned a lot. The book was finished in no time. Couldn't stop once I started it

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The full scope of the world-wide conflict

I have listened to about two-thirds of the book and find it the best of the WW2 overviews. Victor Davis Hanson is not only recognized as a "war history" expert - he is our era's best commentator and historian of war and its effects on the world and politics. The approach he takes interweaves the multiple theaters, the various elements (land, sea, air, strategy, tactics, logistics, technology, and industry) and maintains a linkage with all factors even while emphasizing one aspect. I plan on investing the time to listen through again - there is so much to be mined from this mother-lode of data.

The narration is excellent.

I'll be looking for more of Victor Davis Hanson's work on audible products.

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"History is written by the victor" epitomized

This is an excellent book for a numerical and statistical reference.
Though, as an account of real men under real conditions: it is lacking. An almost identical action, if taken by an axis power, is ridiculed while an allied action would be applauded. For example; daring and bold action of allied commanders would be construed as reckless if taken by an axis commander. Even as an American, the American bias in this book is so heavy it cannot be ignored while listening.

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excellent book

Absolutely stonning book if you are loving details. Strategies, planning and politics during the world war II ....all those you thought you know before reading it. Well, the book will teach you a lot more.

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Narration is too fast.

I love VDH and his take on history. As a history freak I read every slant on a subject that I can. After a while I had to pause the book because of the speed. I"m getting old maybe its me.

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The story behind the story of WW 2

I have read over 35 books on WW 2 and the "Second World Wars" is one the most fascinating. It tells the story behind the story of WW 2. The book also introduces new facts by a well-informed author. Could not stop listening.

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Amazing amount of information

I loved this book. I had never considered the different theaters of war or the participants in the way presented. I learned much more than I knew beforehand.

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Just don't!

So this is my third attempt at writing a review, but I have come to realize the book is just not worth the effort. I would have to write a multi-page dissertation on the faulty analysis alone, just to do the utter stupidity of this book justice.The author doesn't seem to even have a simple grasp on logistics or military operations, give the errors he makes in that area. I really do not think this book was actually intended to clarify lessons learned from WW2 and provide guidance for the future. I honestly believe he is trying to shape the past to affect current events or thinking to his point of view.

There are far better books on the why's and how's of WW2. Just about any of them would be better than this one.

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Very well written, not as well spoken.

No complaints whatsoever regarding VDH’s writing or the way this book was put together. It’s a great overview of the various aspects of the war. (If you’re looking for details of particular battles or campaigns, this isn’t it.) I was a bit disappointed with the narrator’s errors with some of the pronunciation, and especially with pauses in the middle of sentences which interrupted the flow of the story.

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great commentary on World War II

a different View and understanding of World War II that you've never heard before from an excellent scholar on war Victor Davis Hanson.