The Second World War

The Second World War

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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.
Publisher: London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2012
ISBN: 9780297844976
0297844970
Branch Call Number: ANF 940.53 BEEV
Characteristics: xii, 863 p., [32] p. of plates : ill., ports., maps ; 24 cm

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MGallagher
Dec 19, 2013

Overall, I enjoyed this book and learned new information on different aspects of WWII. I hope A. Beevor writes many more books, he is such a good author.

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DougKJohnson
Aug 19, 2013

I am a huge Antony Beevor fan but this book just isn't up to the same standard as, for instance, "Stalingrad" or "The Fall of Berlin". First, he has taken on the impossible task of trying to cover a long and complex war in one volume - the details necessarily suffer. Secondly, the book just isn't edited as well as other Beevor works. It has a feeling in places that the book was rushed to the publisher. Still an excellent overview or starting point for the study of WWII.

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bette108
Jul 28, 2013

Very well researched and thorough. Also easy to read....

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SirWhiskers
Jan 09, 2013

Focusing primarily on the battles, this history of WW2 is really only suitable for the novice. The author can be harsh in his judgements, and while many may indeed be valid, he provides little explanation or support for them. Gerhard Weinberg's World at Arms is superior, with a narrower and deeper focus.

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