The Second World War

The Second World War

A magisterial, single-volume history of the greatest conflict the world has ever known by our foremost military historian.

The Second World War began in August 1939 on the edge of Manchuria and ended there exactly six years later with the Soviet invasion of northern China. The war in Europe appeared completely divorced from the war in the Pacific and China, and yet events on opposite sides of the world had profound effects. Using the most up-to-date scholarship and research, Beevor assembles the whole picture in a gripping narrative that extends from the North Atlantic to the South Pacific and from the snowbound steppe to the North African Desert.

Although filling the broadest canvas on a heroic scale, Beevor’s The Second World War never loses sight of the fate of the ordinary soldiers and civilians whose lives were crushed by the titanic forces unleashed in this, the most terrible war in history.
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Genre: Humanities / History / Military History / Second World War

On Sale: 7th June 2012

Price: £12.99

ISBN-13: 9780297860709

Reviews

This imposing history can both be read as a whole or dipped into, and never fails to inform.
WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?
The heart of Beevor's appeal is precisely that straightforward narrative approach, coupled with his lively, engaging style and his use of memorable, almost cinematic, set-pieces.
HISTORY TODAY
The myriad pieces of this intricate kaleidoscope are pieced together with exemplary skill ... This is a splendid book, erudite, with an admirable clarity of thought and expression
Roger Moorhouse, INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY
A magnificent performance - true excitement from one page to the next delivered in faultless prose
Christoper Silvester, DAILY EXPRESS
Beevor can be credited with single-handedly transforming the reputation of military history
David Edgar, GUARDIAN
As we have come to expect from this master, he excels at using eye-witness testimony to illustrate how mankind can be capable of both terrible cruelty and astonishing courage.
Andrew Rawnsley, THE OBSERVER
This is as comprehensive and objective an account of the course of the war as we are likely to get, and the most humanly moving to date
John Gray, NEW STATESMAN
the whole story told in the author's usual erudite yet highly readable prose
DESPATCHES Magazine
This book is a perfect mixture of world history and human experience, unbiased and highly readable.
THE JOURNAL
He is the most humanitarian of historians, and covers huge sweeps of history through the real stories of the individuals who experienced them. Reading this will be like having him walk me through the history of the war like a personal guide.
Kate Mosse
His singular ability to make huge historical events accessible to a general audience recalls the golden age of British narrative history, whose giants include Gibbon, Macaulay and Carlyle
Boyd Tonkin, INDEPENDENT
His accounts of the key moments in the Second World War have a sense of colour, drama and immediacy that few narrative historians can match
Dominic Sandbrook, SUNDAY TIMES
Beevor is excellent at catching the individual in the flood-tide of events
John Lewis-Stempel, SUNDAY EXPRESS
This is a book demanding to be read.
Christoper Bray, THE OXFORD TIMES
global history at its grandest and best
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
A British historian of great distinction and range, who ... demonstrates his mastery of his sources
Gordon Craig, NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS
remarkably well-written and informative
Norman Stone, LITERARY REVIEW
The book could not really have been done better
MILITARY HISTORY MONTHLY
Beevor's book is a pleasure to read and an example of intelligent, lively historical writing at its best
Tony Barber, FINANCIAL TIMES
the most incredibly detailed research
Chris Tarrant, THE SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE
a masterly understanding of the conflict's many facets
THE MAIL ON SUNDAY
A truly outstanding historian of war
Michael Howard, STANDPOINT
You feel yourself being carried along on the narrative flow, channelled this way and that through the pools and rapids by Beevor's expert helmanship
Patrick Bishop, STANDPOINT
Brocaded with details of the great campaigns and thoughtful explanations of Hitler's murderous belligerence, The Second World War is an absorbing, unsparingly lucid work of military history
Ian Thomson, THE SPECTATOR
For as harrowing and politically convoluted as the years 1939-1945 were, Beevor writes with such a panache and literary flair, that the reader is almost uncannily charged to keep turning the pages at a rate of ten by ten, twenty by twenty, chapter by chapter - until such point that s/he has stumbled upon the end as if by chance, as if by default.
David Marx
This is history writ large.
James Owen, THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH magazine
This is the place to begin if you need to get your knowledge of the war in order.
Hew Strachan, EVENING STANDARD
In his books on Stalingrad and Berlin, Beevor used evidence from ordinary people to bring home the reality of life at the front as opposed to the traditional HQ view... He crams in so much and does it so well because he can.
GOOD BOOK GUIDE
The book that Beevor has been building towards writing - and everybody else has been anticipating reading.
Donal O'Donoghue, RTE GUIDE
Everyone who is interested in the Second World War should read this book.
Laurence Rees, WW2HISTORY.COM
By deploying his keen eye for tiny detail and penchant for story telling, and then marrying them both with an acute historical investigation, Antony Beevor has once again written a book that is simply superlative.
David Marx
a truly rewarding account of the global conflict. Beevor has a special gift for linking great events with individual testimony
Amanda Foreman, MAIL ON SUNDAY
If you want to understand the war as military struggle, this book is all you really need. However well you thought you knew the subject, you will learn something new on every page.
Neill Denny, WE LOVE THIS BOOK online