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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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5 out of 5 stars
By DJM on 07-31-12

It Fills in Gaps I Didn't Know Existed

I've been reading histories of WWII and watching the documentaries for forty years or so. (If I count the High School books about WWII fighter battles it's more like 50 years.) I'd recently gone back and listened to ???The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich,??? a book I hadn't read since 1970. I thought that I had a pretty good handle on the major events. Yet, time and again Beevor was able to illuminate some aspect of the events that I had either never considered or had never heard about. His skillful blending of macro historical details with first-hand accounts from soldiers' letters home made listening to the book a riveting experience. If you are interested in the history of this global conflict, it is definitely worth the two credits.

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5 out of 5 stars
By todd a schlichter on 07-19-15

Brilliant Overview

The best overview of the war I've read (probably read half a dozen or more over the years). Finds a perfect balance between flowing narrative, first hand accounts, historical evaluation, and enough just depth of the events and people conducting the war for context. Also probably the only overview that doesn't exclude or give short shrift to the China / Burma campaign. Extremely good tactical analysis of commanders and decisions as well. Should be the default intro text for study of the war! Narration is also spot on. Wish I could give it more than 5 stars.

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