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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 Andrew Roberts
 

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"Roberts'spopulist approach makes for a rollicking good read and never comes at theexpense of accuracy. His mastery of the huge variety of subjects is trulyimpressive and his ability to marshal these subjects into a single compellingnarrative stunning." —The Daily Telegraph

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The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 63 reviews.
CBH More than 1 year ago
Anyone who lived through any war, but especially WW II, needs to read this greatly detailed and informative book that gives details, stories, actions, and facts many of which were never published. The author writes in a way that draws you to each page because, while the book is fact, it never gets boring. From the very beginning of the book where, in April 1934, Hitler met with the German minister of Defence to make a secret pact where the army would support Adolph Hitler upon the death of Paul von Hindenburg (then leader of Germany). Most of us have in our minds that the war started in 1939 when Germany invaded Poland but the plans for Hitler's demonic plans to control the world had started with the plans for his leadership years earlier. Several things I advise to all readers of this complete book; remember to refer to the maps at the front of the book as campaigns in different areas occur, and do not think you will skip through a page because the book is extremely long. If you skip you will miss some important and interesting tidbit. I had forgotten the maps and now I wish I had remembered them to allow me to know exactly where certain battles occurred. I also tried to read by skipping and I found out it doesn't work. How Andrew Roberts garnered all the information and wove it into a terrific resourceful book I will never know. There is no way a review could ever do this book justice. I will hit a few highlights but you must physically read it to gain the knowledge it contains. Hitler had been a corporal in the German army in WW I so he had felt war first hand and was twenty-nine years of age when that war ended in 1918. Hitler had a huge war machine in place. Two major factions were the OKH and the OKW, both strategic in running the military. Many leaders changed throughout the book. Hitler would have high expectations for various campaigns and when the result was not to his liking he took no remorse in immediately changing generals. Hitler controlled all the many units of might such as the Wehrmacht, the SS, the Luftwaffe (air), the Panzers (tanks), and a naval branch that, had Hitler allow it to develop fully, could have made the war much longer and given Germany a huge advantage. The German Generals, some of whom were Field Marshall's, were many; Jodl, Keitel, Himmler, von Runstedt, von Manctein, Goebbels, Rommel, and, in general were very brilliant men but too many times Hitler forced them to do his method, not theirs. One section of the book that was about a subject I thought I did know but the author gave some details that blew my mind of how humans could treat other humans as they did. Excerpts of the authors words; "After they were rounded up in their local communities from all across German-occupied Europe, Jews were transported by train to Auschwitz or one of the other five extermination camps in Eastern Europe". "Once the transports arrived at the siding at Birkenau, there would be the first selection, where SS officials would choose the able-bodied men and women - numbering roughly 15% - who would be taken to the camp barracks to join work details, leaving the old, the weak, the infirm, the children, and the mothers of children, who would be immediately walked to the gas chambers and exterminated." This is only a small part of the inhumane things the Germans carried out in order to "cleanse" the world of Jews. The inhumane actions of war do not lie just with the Germans. Their allies, as
Victor_J More than 1 year ago
I am on a bit of a WWII history reading binge, so this book provided a welcome framework for other more topical histories. There is not much factual history there that has not been covered before, but the context is good. One may regret a few too many "greatest mistakes of the war" that may have turned things around for the Germans if they had been led by a sane person. But then the Nazi philosophy pretty much guaranteed that they would lose, as they despised most of the people who could have become their allies. The Japanese were doomed anyway by their insufficient industrial capabilities. There are unfortunately a lot of typos in the book, with partially repeated sentences and other that stop in mid-air, missing paragraphs etc. At that price the publisher could have produced something more polished, they would not have gotten away with this in a printed version.
jay1967c More than 1 year ago
I've become somewhat of a WWII-phile over the past year and this book is a wonderful collection of facts and remembrances by the people who fought it. It's a bit large at 740 pages though. But at any rate an excellent book for those interested in both sides of view of the war.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
eminently readable and well-organized overview of wwII, compares favorably with other wwII histories. glad i read it and have recommended to many other history buffs
Missoulian More than 1 year ago
Roberts' writing style and skill are extraordinay. Unlike other WW-II authors, he gets to the meaning and outcome of decisions and develop- ments. The same for his Masters and Commanders. Truly incisive and revealing of WW-II principal and war developments.
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With a library of over one hundred WW II history books, from accounts of one-day actions to Churchill's six volume epic telling of these times,  I found this to be a superb , one volume account of WW II.    I recently read "Inferno"  by Max Hastings, published in 2011, and long ago read B. H. Liddell Hart's "History of the Second World War", published in 1970, both great one-volume accounts of WW II. This account is on par with those, and with most up-to-date info. It  honestly points out the blunders made by Hitler, with the madness of Nazi mentality, but also discusses errors in strategy made by each nation.  The author is excellent in analyzing the strategies followed, and often defends decisions and strategies that were followed that have been criticized by others.   A must read, which moves through its subject matter concisely, very well written. It should be a part of any  serious WW II historian's  library. 
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Excellent book but very disappointed at quality of e-book which has so many errors in the text. Obviously the e-book text was not given any kind of real proofreading. The author and all of us who paid for the book deserve better.
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mryoda More than 1 year ago
Excellent and well researched and written book. Very exciting.
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Provides a fantastic look at the events of WWII and how they shaped history. A great read for those - such as myself - who only gained a superficial understanding of the war in history classes. If you are remotely interested in WWII, this book will educate and continue to spark your interest.
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