Blood Tears and Folly: An Objective Look at World War IIby Len Deighton, Denis Bishop (Other)
In this handsomely and profusely illustrated narrative Len Deighton explores and analyses some to the myths and realities of the war, the mistakes and the achievements, the ironies and failures of intelligence, technology, planning and policies - of both the Allied and the Axis powers. He re-examines what really happened during the Royal Navy's tracking and sinking of Germany's great battleship Bismarck. Finally Deighton warns; fifty years later the lessons of the Second World War continue to reverberate unheeded.
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Deighton's outing has many interesting ideas and facts as to why certain methods of fighting occurred, weapon development, strategy etc. One probably should have at least a rudimentary background into the WWII to fully enjoy this book. This definately isn't a primer. On the other hand one need not be a scholar in this area to enjoy the book. My biggest decision now is whether or not to add this volume to my permanent library.
Deighton has performed a minor miracle in this volume. He manages to go in depth on several key aspects of the war, and evaluates the critical blunders made by each side during these times. Perheps more importantly, he really goes out of his way to debunk a lot of long standing myths about the conduct of the war. For American readers, this book is a great chance to view the war from a truly British perspective, and it is written in a very Anglo-cetric style. A very good read, it is better thought of as a compendium of six parts than a single unified volume.