The Second World War

The Second World War

by John Keegan


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Praised as “the best military historian of our generation” by Tom Clancy, John Keegan reconsiders his masterful study of World War II, The Second World War, with a new foreword

Keegan examines each theater of the war, focusing on five crucial battles and offering new insights into the distinctive methods and motivations of modern warfare. In eloquent, perceptive analyses of the airborne battle of Crete, the carrier battle of Midway, the tank battle of Falaise, the city battle of Berlin, and the amphibious battle of Okinawa, Keegan illuminates the strategic dilemmas faced by the leaders and the consequences of their decisions on the fighting men and the course of the war as a whole. An extraordinary, definitive history, The Second World War will be required reading for generations to come.

"The Second World War merits the acceptance as the standard work that it will surely recieve." -The Washington Post

"If you want to know how it happened, read Keegan's thoughtful and elegant prose." -Los Angeles Times

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143035732
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/28/2005
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 608
Sales rank: 253,406
Product dimensions: 7.02(w) x 9.12(h) x 1.56(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 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 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.
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maunder on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Keegan's book is a very clear explanation of the conduct of the Second World War however because it a road very well traveled there were stretches where I was reading through information I had already encountered. However when Keegan switches to such topics as an evaluation of the effectiveness of the various resistance movements in the occupied countries as opposed to the role played by signals intelligence especially the code breakers in Bletchly, he makes some very interesting points. Keegan assesses and evaluates traditional viewpoints well and it was a book I was glad to read
Newmans2001 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There is no easy way to write about WWII, obviously you can't cover everything. Someone else used best introduction and overview, I think that works well. I would believe with the least amount of effort I came away with the most and greatest understanding of the war in this book. Although he is much to politically correct and kind to the horrid mistakes made in the war, this left me wondering what else was avoided. I will read on.
cstrauber on LibraryThing More than 1 year 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.