The Second World War: A Complete History

The Second World War: A Complete History

by Martin Gilbert
     
 

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"Cataclysmic" best describes World War II. It began when Germany invaded Poland in 1939. But by the time it ended six years later, it had involved every major world power and claimed 30 million lives.

It was a matter of life and death, of the survival of nations. Few doubt that it was a war of moral necessity; some even call it the last good

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Part Two Of Two Parts

"Cataclysmic" best describes World War II. It began when Germany invaded Poland in 1939. But by the time it ended six years later, it had involved every major world power and claimed 30 million lives.

It was a matter of life and death, of the survival of nations. Few doubt that it was a war of moral necessity; some even call it the last good war. In one brilliant volume, Martin Gilbert chronicles its complete history from a global perspective. Told as a gripping narrative, it preserves the lessons we dare not forget.

"Gilbert is a cool and thorough historian, with a splendid gift for the telling detail." (The Listener)

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"In his transmission of the horror of the war, Martin Gilbert has achieved something no historian but he could. There is indeed a relentless force about chronology when it is used as a tool by an historian of the status of Martin Gilbert."—John Keegan, The Sunday Telegraph

"Gilbert's flowing narrative is spiced with anecdotal details culled from diaries, memoirs, and official documents. He is especially skillful at interweaving summaries of military strategy with vignettes of civilian suffering."—Newsweek

"A magisterial work . . . Mr. Gilbert brings the strongest possible credentials to his history of World War II, and . . . shows how the greatest war ever fought reached into every corner of the globe."—Herbert Mitgang, The New York Times

"Brings the losses and the horrors of the war home to us more urgently than a more accented account might do."—Gordon A. Craig, The New York Times Book Review

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This volume has an ``astonishingly broad'' scope, revealing the impact of major campaigns on soldiers and civilians worldwide. ``Masterful,'' said PW . ``Though the military aspect is told with noteworthy clarity and narrative power, most impressive is Gilbert's presentation of WW II as primarily a matter of organized evil and mass madness.'' Photos. (Nov.)
Library Journal
The 60th anniversary of the Normandy landing brought a barrage of World War II titles. This 1989 book by the eminent British historian provides a single-volume overview. It offers grim detail and spotlights the tremendous numbers of nameless combatants and civilians who perished. A very human history of an inhuman event. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Booknews
A reprint of the publisher's original cloth edition (1989) which was the US edition of the Brit Second World War. Such a massive book is no bargain in its paper incarnation. Cloth edition (unseen), $29.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805017885
Publisher:
Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
11/01/1991
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
864
Product dimensions:
6.28(w) x 10.12(h) x 1.52(d)

Meet the Author

Sir Martin Gilbert was knighted in 1995 "for services to British history and international relations." Among his many books are The Righteous (0-8050-6260-2), The Holocaust (0-8050-0348-7), The Day the War Ended (0-8050-4735-2), and Churchill: A Life (0-8050-2396-8). He lives in London, England.

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