The Second World War

The Second World War

by John Keegan


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ISBN-13: 9780143035732
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/28/2005
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 608
Sales rank: 289,859
Product dimensions: 7.05(w) x 9.11(h) x 1.51(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

John Keegan, one of the most distinguished contemporary military historians, was for many years Senior Lecturer at Sandhurst, the British Royal Military Academy, and Defense Editor of the London Daily Telegraph. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, Keegan is the author of numerous books including The Face of Battle, The Mask of Command, The Price of Admiralty, Six Armies in Normandy, and The Second World War (all available from Penguin). if (SYM == "BIO") { document.writeln("

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Table of Contents

The Second World WarPrologue
1. Every man a soldier
2. Fomenting world war

Part I: The War in the West 1940-1943
3. The Triumph of Blitzkrieg
4. Air battle: the Battle of Britain
5. War Supply and the Battle of the Atlantic

Part II: The War in the East 1941-1943
6. Hitler's strategic dilemma
7. Securing the eastern springboard
8. Airborne battle: Crete
9. Barbarossa
10. War production
11. Crimean summer, Stalingrad winter

Part III: The War in the Pacific 1941-1943
12. Tojo's strategic dilemma
13. From Pearl Harbor to Midway
14. Carrier battle: Midway
15. Occupation and repression
16. The war for the islands

Part IV: The War in the West 1943-1945
17. Churchill's strategic dilemma
18. Three wars in Africa
19. Italy and the Balkans
20. Overlord
21. Tank battle: Falaise
22. Strategic bombing
23. The Ardennes and the Rhine

Part V: The War in the East 1943-1945
24. Stalin's strategic dilemma
25. Kursk and the recapture of western Russia
26. Resistance and espionage
27. The Vistula and the Danube
28. City battle: the seige of Berlin

Part VI: The War in the Pacific 1943-1945
29. Roosevelt's strategic dillemma
30. Japan's defeat in the south
31. Amphibious battle: Okinawa
32. Super-weapons and the defeat of Japan
33. The legacy of the Second World War

Bibliography and Index

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Second World War 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great book if you want to get a one-volume run-down of the major events of the Second World War. Keegan does a great job of moving throughout the wars many fronts and working very hard to give each area of the war its due. Given the constraints of space he doesn't go too far in depth in any area and you shouldn't expect him to. Getting all that happened in WW2 into one book can only happen if the goal is just the basics. I strongly recommend this to anyone (like myself) who wants to kick off their WW2 education with a narrative of the major points and will follow-up with more in depth books on those major events.
cstrauber on LibraryThing 28 days ago
Publisher's blurb aside, this IS actually the best one-volume introduction to World War II. An excellent overview of the grand strategy, with the details of different kinds of fighting handled in separate chapters on air warfare (Battle of Britain), parachute operations (Battle of Crete), etc. Also includes an excellent list of suggestions for further reading.
ARISTO More than 1 year ago
best overview
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Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the best living historians! A much more comprehensive and balanced account of the conflict that the 'popular' history of stepehen ambrose who seems to lift from other writers and gives a slanted perspective.
Guest More than 1 year ago
His eminence, earned by other works notwithstanding, in this book Keegan has mixed up Chuikov (Commander, Soviet 62nd Army, the defenders of Stalingrad) with Zhukov (STAVKA representative to Operation Uranus at Stalingrad). This is a bit like mixing up 'Stonewall' Jackson with Robert E. Lee, or Alexander with Montgomery. Painful.