Inferno: The World at War, 1939-1945

Inferno: The World at War, 1939-1945

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By (author) Sir Max Hastings

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  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press
  • Format: Paperback | 729 pages
  • Dimensions: 158mm x 232mm x 44mm | 1,021g
  • Publication date: 2 October 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0307475530
  • ISBN 13: 9780307475534
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, maps
  • Sales rank: 165,270

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Winner of the Pritzker Prize for Military History A "New York Times" Notable Book From one of our finest military historians, a monumental work that shows us at once the truly global reach of World War II and its deeply personal consequences. For thirty-five years, Max Hastings has researched and written about different aspects of the war. Now, for the first time, he gives us a magnificent, single-volume history of the entire conflict. Through his strikingly detailed stories of everyday people--of soldiers, sailors and airmen; British housewives and Indian peasants; SS killers and the citizens of Leningrad--Hastings provides a singularly intimate portrait of the world at war. Remarkably informed and wide-ranging, "Inferno" is both elegantly written and cogently argued. Above all, it is a new and essential understanding of one of the greatest and bloodiest events of the twentieth century.

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Max Hastings is the author of more than twenty books. He has served as a foreign correspondent and as the editor of Britain's "Evening Standard" and "Daily Telegraph." He has received numerous British Press Awards, including Journalist of the Year in 1982, and Editor of the Year in 1988. He lives outside London.

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"A new, original, necessary history, in many ways the crowning of a life's work. A professional war correspondent who has personally witnessed armed conflict in Vietnam, the Falkland Islands and other danger zones, Hastings has a sober, unromantic and realistic view of battle that puts him into a different category from the armchair generals whose gung-ho, schoolboy attitude to war fills the pages of a great majority of military histories. He writes with grace, fluency and authority . . . "Inferno" is superb." --Richard J. Evans, "The New York Times Book Review" "If there is a contemporary British historian who is the chronicler of World War II, it would be Max Hastings . . . [Inferno] is a true distillation of everything this historian has learned from a lifetime of scholarship--and more important, of real thought--on what he calls 'the greatest and most terrible event in human history.'" --Martin Rubin, "San Francisco Chronicle" "Compellingly different . . . a panoramic social history that not only recounts the military action with admirable thoroughness, crispness and energy but also tells the story of the people who suffered in the war, combatants and civilians alike." --Edward Kosner, "The Wall Street Journal" "A relatively brief review can only begin to indicate the depth, breadth, complexity and pervasive humanity of this extraordinary book. The literature of World War II is, as Hastings notes at the beginning of his bibliography, so vast as almost to defy enumeration or comprehension, but "Inferno" immediately moves to the head of the list. It is in all ways a monumental achievement." --Jonathan Yardley, "The Washington Post" " " ""Inferno" is a magnificent achievement, a one-volume history that should find favor among readers thoroughly immersed in World War II and those approaching the subject for the first time. As the years thin the ranks of those who fought in the war, Hastings's balanced and elegantly writte