The Second World War: A Complete History
- Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
- Length: 43 hrs and 6 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 09-17-12
- Language: English
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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It began with the German invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939. By the time it came to an end on V-Day - August 14, 1945 - it had involved every major power, and had become global in its reach. In the final accounting, it would turn out to be - in both human terms and material resources - the costliest war in history, taking the lives of forty-six million people.
With unparalleled scholarship and breadth of vision, Gilbert weaves together all of the war’s aspects - the political, the military, the diplomatic, and, not least, the civilian - charting an almost day-by-day account of the terrible progress of the war’s juggernaut of death and destruction. Through it all, his aim is to show what happened, not from the point of view of any one of the warring nations but from a global perspective. The result is the first total history of this global war, a work that is both a treasure trove of information and a gripping dramatic narrative.
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By Cynthia E Dell on 08-10-16
Should be required reading for all students.
The most complete review of the history of WWII I have read. Students of world history need to familiarize themselves with this book. Even though I have traveled to Germany several times and in fact served in the Army for 3 years in peacetime Germany, I was unaware of the extent of suffering and cruelty perpetrated by the Nazi regime. I sincerely hope the German people are not allowed to forget the devastation caused by the Nazi's. Nor allowed to excuse themselves as unaware participants of those barbarians.
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By PAUL on 03-01-13
was expecting something different
Would you try another book from Martin Gilbert and/or Bernard Mayes?
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Second World War?
too many to recall
What does Bernard Mayes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
What character would you cut from The Second World War?
all were necessary
Any additional comments?
very disappointed....90% of the book was concentrated on europe and the nazi...if memory serves me correctly...there was a lot of "war" in the pacific....but the author writes about the pacific in almost an afterthought.....i'm sorry about the horrible happenings in europe...especially toward the jews and the final solution......but just as much horror was in the pacific......too bad the writer chose to ignore that
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