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: 140,743

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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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Praise for "Inferno" "The best one-volume history of the war yet written. . . . It is in all ways a monumental achievement. . . . 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." --"The Washington Post" "Balanced and elegantly written prose. . . . "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 written prose should help ensure that the bloodshed, bravery and brutality of that tragic conflict aren't forgotten." --Associated Press " " "A work of staggering scope and erudition, narrated with supreme fluency and insight, it is unquestionably the best single-volume history of the war ever written. . . . Oddly enough, good single-volume histories of the war are relatively rare. By and large, its sheer scope intimidates writers: while there are hundreds of books about individual episode, from the Battle of Britain to D-Day, surprisingly few historians have tried to pull all the threads together. But Hastings, as the author of several splendid volumes on various aspects of the conflict, is the ideal candidate to conquer this historiographical Everest. His book is at once a 'global portrait, ' emphasizing events in Asia as well as in Europe, and a 'human story, ' saturated in the details of ordinary people's experience. . . . Hastings has a terrific grasp of the grand sweep and military strategy of the war, showing how a combination of Russian blood, American industry and German incompetence made the allied victory inevitable. Bu