The World at War, 1939-1945

Book - 2011
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A monumental work that shows us at once the truly global reach of World War II, and its deeply personal consequences. Hastings simultaneously traces the major developments and puts them into real human context. He also explores some of the darker and less explored regions of the war's penumbra, including the conflict between the Soviet Union and Finland; and the Bengal famine in 1943 and 1944.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2011.
Edition: 1st. U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780307273598
Characteristics: xx, 729 p., [48] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm.


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Aug 03, 2016

I thought this was a good book, especially given what I consider some of the shortcoming by some American historical productions. Mr. Hastings covered a lot of ground in one book and I especially liked how did not focus on just a more Western version of WWII. Besides all the main battlefields, he also covered some of the backwaters as well as the contributions of the British Empire. I am someone who is well versed in WWII history and I found myself folding pages to remember various names or events in google later. I would recommend this.

Sep 11, 2012

A long book, but with an extremely broad scope. Most commonly available WW II histories focus on the American side, and aren't likely, for example, to mention that during the seige of Leningrad the Soviets lost more people than both the U.S. and Britain combined, during the entire war. Great balance.


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