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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. Through interviews, letters, diaries and reports, he allows us to see the war not just from the perspective of politicians, military commanders and strategists, but also through the eyes of civilians bombed out of their homes, resistance members stranded in the frozen Norwegian winter, sailors risking their lives in the Atlantic convoys, German aces striving for supremacy in the air, and ordinary soldiers battling for survival in the scorching sands of Libya.
He also looks behind the scenes at the all-important 'machinery' of war: the manufacturing, farming and vital supply lines that underpinned the entire conflict and ultimately determined its course. From the battlefronts on land, sea and air, to the streets, fields and factories of Britain, America and Germany, he paints a dramatic and compelling portrait of these pivotal years when the tide began to turn.
Combining his own research with only recently accessible archive material, Holland looks afresh at this cataclysmic conflict, reassessing long-held views and challenging conventional assumptions. The result is ground-breaking history that redefines the war in the West and makes us think again about the events that shaped our modern world.
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By Amazon Customer on 10-31-17
An excellent account, well told and expertly narrated. Recommended for enthusiast and more general reader alike.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
By David Benjamin on 01-04-18
WW2 history at its best
2nd volume in this excellent history. a thrilling narrative that challenges some of the common conceptions about WW2. looking forward to volume 3.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Amazon Customer on 05-27-18
This being my first review for audible books, I must say, I am very impressed. the narrators range of voice and the moving description by James Holland, makes you feel as though you are transported back in time, sitting at your radio... and hearing these epic events in real time. Loved it.
By Alan Cook on 03-14-18
Can’t wait for Book 3.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it makes me realise that I know nothing about what happened during these two years of the war. James Holland certainly has the knack of making you want to learn more about World War 2. Role on the final instalment of this great trilogy.