By the author of "The Price of Admiralty", this book approaches the war from a thematic and periodic standpoint. The course of the war is divided into six passages and attached to each is an analytical narrative of a battle, which exemplifies a mode of warfare special to this war, such as city sieges, an air battle, an airborne operation, an aircraft carrier battle, a tank battle and an amphibious landing. The author takes as his starting point the outcome of the First World War, and what it meant in particular for the defeated nations, and how the developed world reacted to its first experience of mass warfare. He surveys the strategic positioning of all the major combatants to summarize the strategic progress of the war. In addition all the major ancillary activities to which the war gave rise are discussed: war supply, war production, strategic bombing, occupation and repression, espionage and resistance, and the secret weapons programmes.
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"[John Keegan] has a remarkable capacity to appreciate both the political context of the war and its immediate meaning for those caught in the heat of battle... Lucid, informed and authoritative" ( Sunday Times)
"In this magnificently illustrated volume, our most original military historian gives the whys and wherefores of war as well as the blood and guts." ( Mail on Sunday)
"John Keegan's history of World War II stands above the competition" ( Preview)
"A graceful writer as well as a knowledgeable student of martial history, [Keegan] enlivens his chronicle with wry wit... An informed and informative accounting of a horrific war" ( Kirkus Reviews)
An outstanding history of the Second World War by one of our most distinguished historians.
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Book Description Hutchinson. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0091740118 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.0038665
Book Description Hutchinson, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110091740118
Book Description Hutchinson, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. First Printing. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0091740118