In this study of World War II, the author takes as his starting point the outcome of World War I and what that meant in particular for the defeated nations (including Russia), and how the developed world reacted to its first experience of mass warfare. Each phase of the war is illuminated by a survey of the strategic dilemmas facing one of the major combatants. Complete with insights into the characters and motives of the war leaders, these sections provide an overview of the grand strategy of both the allies and the axis powers. In addition, all the major ancillary activities to which the war gave rise are discussed in detail: war supply and production, the strategic bombing campaign, occupation and repression, the roles of intelligence, 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 1990-07-19., 1990. Book Condition: New. Arrow Books Ltd. New edition. Paperback. Book: GOOD. 608pp. . Bookseller Inventory # NF-1728572