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"It all depends on your choice of shots" is how one moviemaker described documentary film. Authors of one-volume histories of World War II, the deadliest conflict in human history, operate under the same imperative. Some of those writers pull back to capture the vast scope of events; others focus their word cameras on military leaders or political potentates. This major work by award-winning historian Anthony Beevor (Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege, 1942-1943) favors a kaleidoscopic view that moves boldly between individual close-ups and broader views of disparate confrontations in this truly global war. The result carries both emotional force and penetrating insights about human decision-making in what might otherwise appear to be simply an uncontrollable hurricane of history. Editor's recommendation.