World War II was the most destructive human conflict in history. 40 million people died during the 2,174 days from Germany's attack on Poland in 1939 to the surrender of Japan in August in 1945. The author charts events that took place from week to week and looks at all its aspects.
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Alongside his account of the First World War, this classic book belongs on every bookshelf ( NORTHERN ECHO)
Sir Martin's great acheivement is his ability never to lose sight of the individual in a history of mass war and mass suffering. ( CONTEMPORARY REVIEW)
Amanda Foreman explains why this is one of her favourites...
There are so many good books on World War II, but Gilbertís stands out for two reasons.
First, as Winston Churchillís biographer, Gilbert is the only historian in the world to have had complete access to all his papers. This gives a depth and insight into the War from Britainís perspective that many other books lack.
But perhaps more importantly, Second World War has a profound humanity. Unlike most war historians, Gilbert is also a specialist in the holocaust, and he put his intimate knowledge of individual case histories to use while writing the book. While describing the German onslaught through town and countryside, Gilbert is also able to highlight the fate of individuals Ė a twelve-year-old boy named Laslo taken out and shot, the Goldschmid family obliterated.
It is Gilbertís broad vision that makes this book a classic.
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Book Description Fontana Press, 1990. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0006372538