Blood, Tears and Folly: An Objective Look at World War IIby Len Deighton
Drawing on the author’s deep understanding of military life and the strengths and frailties of politicians and generals, this is a myth-puncturing analysis of the advent of the Second World War.‘Blood, Tears and Folly’ offers a sweeping and compelling historical analysis of six theatres of war: the Battle of the Atlantic, Hitler’s
Drawing on the author’s deep understanding of military life and the strengths and frailties of politicians and generals, this is a myth-puncturing analysis of the advent of the Second World War.‘Blood, Tears and Folly’ offers a sweeping and compelling historical analysis of six theatres of war: the Battle of the Atlantic, Hitler’s conquest of western Europe, the war in the Mediterranean, the battle for the skies, Operation Barbarossa and the German assault on Russia, and the entry of Japan into a truly global war.This is the period during which the Allied powers were brought to the very brink of defeat. Deighton offers an unflinching account of the political machinations, the strategy and tactics, the weapons and the men on both sides who created a world of terror and millions of dead, of the Holocaust, and of nuclear devastation.
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Meet the Author
Born in London, Len Deighton served in the RAF before graduating from the Royal College of Art (which recently elected him a Senior Fellow). While in New York City working as a magazine illustrator he began writing his first novel, ‘The Ipcress File’, which was published in 1962. He is now the author of more than thirty books of fiction and non-fiction. At present living in Europe, he has, over the years, lived with his family in ten different countries from Austria to Portugal.
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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.