The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won

The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won

by Victor Davis Hanson


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A definitive account of World War II by America's preeminent military historian.

World War II was the most lethal conflict in human history. Never before had a war been fought on so many diverse landscapes and in so many different ways, from rocket attacks in London to jungle fighting in Burma to armor strikes in Libya.

The Second World Wars examines how combat unfolded in the air, at sea, and on land to show how distinct conflicts among disparate combatants coalesced into one interconnected global war. Drawing on 3,000 years of military history, bestselling author Victor Davis Hanson argues that despite its novel industrial barbarity, neither the war's origins nor its geography were unusual. Nor was its ultimate outcome surprising. The Axis powers were well prepared to win limited border conflicts, but once they blundered into global war, they had no hope of victory.

An authoritative new history of astonishing breadth, The Second World Wars offers a stunning reinterpretation of history's deadliest conflict.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465066988
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 10/17/2017
Pages: 720
Sales rank: 61,263
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Victor Davis Hanson is a senior fellow in military history at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and a professor emeritus of classics at California State University, Fresno. He is the author of more than two dozen books, ranging in topics from ancient Greece to modern America, most recently the New York Times bestseller The Case for Trump. He lives in Selma, California.

Table of Contents

List of Maps xiii

Preface xvii

Part 1 Ideas 1

1 The War in a Classical Context 3

2 Grievances, Agendas, and Methods 17

3 Old, New, and Strange Alliances 47

Part 2 Air 65

4 The Air Power Revolution 67

5 From Poland to the Pacific 79

6 New Terrors from Above 109

Part 3 Water 133

7 Ships and Strategies 135

8 From the Atlantic to the Mediterranean 165

9 A Vast Ocean 183

Part 4 Earth 197

10 The Primacy of Infantry 199

11 Soldiers and Armies 213

12 The Western and Eastern Wars for the Continent 247

13 Armies Abroad 269

14 Sieges 307

Part 5 Fire 351

15 Tanks and Artillery 353

Part 6 People 391

16 Supreme Command 393

17 The Warlords 429

18 The Workers 449

19 The Dead 463

Part 7 Ends 501

20 Why and What Did the Allies Win? 503

Notes 531

Works Cited 595

Index 633

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