World War Two
A Short HistoryBook - 2013
The Second World War is the nightmare that sits at the heart of the modern era - a total refutation of any notion of human progress and a conflict which still haunts us seventy years on.
Norman Stone's gripping new book aims to tell the narrative of the war in as brief a compass as possible, making a sometimes familiar story utterly fresh and arresting. As with his highly acclaimed World War One- A Short History, there is a compelling sense of a terrible story unfolding, of a sceptical and humorous intelligence at work, and a wish to convey to an audience who may well have no memory of the conflict just how high the stakes were.
The narrative focuses both on the key moments in the war and on the wider reasons for its taking the horrible course that it did - on the hopes and delusions of the leaders who were faced with decisions which destroyed the lives of many millions of people, and on the great military clashes that decided the conflict.
This is a beautifully written, clever and imaginative attempt to convey what can almost not be conveyed.
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