The War in the West

4 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 170 ratings

The War in the West - A New History Publisher's Summary

Are you ready for the truth about World War Two?

In the first of an extraordinary three-volume account of the war on land, in the air and at sea, James Holland not only reveals the truth behind the familiar legends of the Second World War but he also unveils those lesser known events which were to have the greatest significance.

The first book to consider the economic, political and social as well as the military aspects of World War Two, this is a unique retelling of a monumental event in all its terrible and majestic glory.

Holland has spent over 12 years unearthing new research, visiting archives, battlefields and the very people who fought and lived through the conflict. He has, in his own accessible and inimitable style, written an account to redefine our understanding of the war. It is unlike anything else on the subject.

©2015 James Holland (P)2015 Random House AudioBooks (UK)
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  • Book 1

    • The War in the West - A New History

    • Volume 1: Germany Ascendant 1939-1941
    • By: James Holland
    • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
    • Length: 26 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
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    Are you ready for the truth about World War Two? In the first of an extraordinary three-volume account of the war on land, in the air and at sea, James Holland not only reveals the truth behind the familiar legends of the Second World War but he also unveils those lesser known events which were to have the greatest significance. The first book to consider the economic, political and social as well as the military aspects of World War Two, this is a unique retelling of a monumental event in all its terrible and majestic glory.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent

    • By R on 06-16-16

    Regular price: $29.84

    • The Rise of Germany, 1939-1941

    • The War in The West, Volume 1
    • By: James Holland
    • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
    • Length: 27 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 123
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 112
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 114

    For seven decades, our understanding of World War II has been shaped by a standard narrative built on conventional wisdom, propaganda, the dramatic but narrow experiences of soldiers on the ground, and an early generation of historians. For his new history, James Holland has spent over 12 years unearthing new research, recording original testimony, and visiting battlefields and archives that have never before been so accessible.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting enough but the narrator sounds like he is going to war!

    • By Jcplus on 12-29-15

    Regular price: $39.95

  • Book 2

    • The War in the West

    • A New History: Volume 2: The Allies Fight Back 1941-43
    • By: James Holland
    • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
    • Length: 24 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    In the second volume of his acclaimed new history of the Second World War, James Holland examines the momentous turning points of 1941-1943: Hitler's invasion of Russia, America's entry into the conflict, the devastating Thousand Bomber Raids over Germany, the long struggle in the deserts of North Africa and the defeat of the U-boats in the crucial Battle of the Atlantic. As in his first volume, Germany Ascendant, he interweaves his account of the well-known events of the period with the personal stories of individuals caught up in them - on all sides.

    Regular price: $33.22

    • The Allies Strike Back, 1941-1943

    • The War in the West, Book 2
    • By: James Holland
    • Narrated by: David Baker
    • Length: 24 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 29

    By June 1941, Germany's war machine looked to be unstoppable. The Nazi blitzkrieg had taken Poland, France, and Holland with shocking speed. The Luftwaffe had bombed London, while German U-boats wrought havoc on Allied shipping on the Atlantic. And yet, as James Holland shows at the start of The Allies Strike Back, 1941-1943 - the second volume in his magisterial narrative of World War II in the West - cracks were already appearing in Germany's apparent invincibility.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Superb, thorough, professional historian

    • By R. A. Smith on 12-20-17

    Regular price: $34.94