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No Simple Victory: World War II in Europe, 1939-1945

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2010

    Great Read!

    As an overview of WWII the book covers a number of aspects. This is not simply an overview of military operations. It covers politics, the home fronts, combat, etc. I found it compelling and thoroughly enjoyed it. It opened my eyes to the enormous contribution of the Soviets as well as a new perspective on the Polish invasion and other side shows.

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  • Posted September 21, 2009

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    A MUST read for those who want to understand WWII

    Posted 9/21/2009: Davies does it again by bringing detailed history down to the masses. This is a smooth read but NOT easy on the psyche. It is insightful and helps one understand the global view of WWII and questions current concepts and beliefs.

    Davies gives possible insight as to why the UK and US (if all powerful) did not keep the Soviets from "accumulating" what was later called the "Soviet Block"; why the 44 Rising in Warsaw failed to give Poland her independence, what the underlying agendas of the principle leaders were; and war crimes other than the Holocaust currently causing political unrest today. Davies does not "answer" all of these questions for the reader, he tells you throughout a true historian cannot know all and should not tell you what to think; he gives YOU the facts, and leaves you to ask your own questions (and asks a few of his own). Davies somehow moves through this often emotionally difficult material always reminding you along the way of human frailty and strengths existing on ALL sides.

    As all good researchers Davies points out the weaknesses of his material (when they exist) and calls for more in depth research. After reading this book I understand more about world politics today, and understand much of today's unrest and lack of trust is still a result of this event.

    This book should be A MUST read to stimulate discussion and consideration in all College World History courses and be used judiciously by educators in the curriculum of all High School World History courses. I was fortunate enough to have a very few of my educators ask some of these hard questions before the information was available (declassified). I am gratified now to be directed towards some of the answers and believe our youth today would benefit. Hopefully their questions and observations will keep events such as this from happening again.

    A short read by Polish Historian Adam Zamoyski "Warsaw 1920" about the short lived conflict between Poland and Soviet Russia between WWI and WWII is great as a subsequent read. It gives the reader additional insight regarding the politics between Soviet Russia, Germany and Poland leading up to WWII.

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