The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War

The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War

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By (author) Andrew Roberts

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Format: Hardback | 712 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 216mm x 51mm | 590g
  • Publication date: 17 May 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0061228591
  • ISBN 13: 9780061228599
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, maps
  • Sales rank: 152,814

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From "Britain's finest military historian" (The Economist) comes a magisterial new history of World War II and the flawed axis strategy that led to their defeat.The Second World War lasted for 2,174 days, cost $1.5 trillion, and claimed the lives of more than 50 million people. What were the factors that affected the war's outcome? Why did the Axis lose? And could they, with a different strategy, have won? Andrew Roberts's acclaimed new history has been hailed as the finest single-volume account of this epic con?ict. From the western front to North Africa, from the Baltic to the Far East, he tells the story of the war--the grand strategy and the individual experience, the cruelty and the heroism--as never before.In researching this magnificently vivid history, Roberts walked many of the key battlefields and wartime sites in Russia, France, Italy, Germany, and the Far East, and drew on a number of never-before-published documents, such as a letter from Hitler's director of military operations explaining the reasoning behind the Fuhrer's order to halt the Panzers outside Dunkirk--a delay that enabled British forces to evacuate. Roberts illuminates the principal actors on both sides and analyzes how they reached critical decisions. He also presents the tales of many little-known individuals whose experiences form a panoply of the extraordinary courage and self-sacrifice, as well as the terrible depravity and cruelty, of the Second World War. Meticulously researched and masterfully written, The Storm of War gives a dramatic account of this momentous event and shows in remarkable detail why the war took the course it did.

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"Andrew Roberts achieves a marvel of concision in producing a splendidly written, comprehensive new history of the greatest conflict in history, "The Storm of War"--particularly good in its insights into Axis strategy."--Sir Ian Kershaw, "The Guardian," Books of the Year