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The best one-volume treatment available, The Second World War by John Keegan is an outstanding synthesis of an enormous amount of material on "the largest single event in human history." The book proceeds chronologically through the war, but chapters appearing at appropriate moments focus on particular themes, such as war production, occupation, bombing, resistance, and espionage. Keegan's ability to translate the war's grand strategies is impressive, and the battle descriptions are superb. Generals obviously play a key role in this narrative, but ordinary soldiers also receive proper credit, as do the often-overlooked merchant marines whose heroic efforts to supply Great Britain made the Allied victory possible. Keegan, author of the landmark book The Face of Battle, is without doubt one of our greatest military historians, and here his analytical powers and skilled writing are on full display. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"This account of WW II, though controversial, is rich in fresh perception, interpretation and opinion. In addition to penning a fast-paced campaign chronicle, Keegan makes a convincing case for the prime motivations of Allied and Axis leaders, pinpoints the practical results of Allied summit conferences and defines the war's geopolitical dimensions," reported PW. Photos.
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I have read the first 2 books in this collection and have the third sitting on my bookshelf waiting to be read. Read morePublished on July 18 2007 by Aaron Donnelly
It amazes me that this collection of wartime memoirs continues to be held up as an example of Great History & Great Literature. Read morePublished on June 2 2004 by Chefdevergue
The Second World War by Winston S. Churchill is THE work on the conflict. Churchill's graceful command of the English language, his personal role in the conduct of the war, and... Read morePublished on May 17 2004 by Chuck DeVore
Once again Keegan makes history interesting. I always love reading his books; I find them very easy to digest while still able to convey a wealth of information. Read morePublished on April 15 2004 by mr sachmo
John Keegan's, "The Second World War," is a detailed overview of the greatest conflict in history. The author gives his readers a behind the scenes view of deliberations conducted... Read morePublished on Feb. 27 2004 by Harold Y. Grooms
John Keegan has carved himself a distinctive place in the literature of warfare. He's serious and well-informed, without having fallen play to the kind of celebratory cheerleading... Read morePublished on Jan. 4 2004 by Buce
The Second World War was the largest, bloodiest conflict in history. It was fought on three of the seven continents and involved every major power of the time. Read morePublished on Oct. 13 2003 by Alex Diaz-Granados
Prof. Keegan's masterpiece is an excellent addition to any library. It is well-written and covers both theaters of the war. Read morePublished on June 15 2003 by Anthony Miller
(by E.M. Singer, author of "Mother Flies Hurricanes") I love this book! John Keegan, besides being a terrific writer, is a master of organization as well (which appeals to... Read morePublished on May 3 2003 by E.M. Singer