The Second World War

The Second World War The Second World War began in August on the edge of Manchuria and ended there exactly six years later with the Soviet invasion of northern China The war in Europe appeared completely divorced fro

  • Title: The Second World War
  • Author: Antony Beevor
  • ISBN: 9781780225647
  • Page: 352
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Second World War began in August 1939 on the edge of Manchuria and ended there exactly six years later with the Soviet invasion of northern China The war in Europe appeared completely divorced from the war in the Pacific and China, and yet events on opposite sides of the world had profound effects Using the most up to date scholarship and research, Beevor assembles tThe Second World War began in August 1939 on the edge of Manchuria and ended there exactly six years later with the Soviet invasion of northern China The war in Europe appeared completely divorced from the war in the Pacific and China, and yet events on opposite sides of the world had profound effects Using the most up to date scholarship and research, Beevor assembles the whole picture in a gripping narrative that extends from the North Atlantic to the South Pacific and from the snowbound steppe to the North African Desert.Although filling the broadest canvas on a heroic scale, Beevor s THE SECOND WORLD WAR never loses sight of the fate of the ordinary soldiers and civilians whose lives were crushed by the titanic forces unleashed in this, the most terrible war in history.

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    1. I will open by writing that I know very little about the Second World War. Well, I KNEW very little about the Second World War. After reading this book I now know a lot more. I'm not sure I'm happier for the knowing. I did not sit down and read this book through in one sitting. To be honest I've had it for several months and I read it chapter by chapter in between all of the other books I have read this summer. It was too much war for me to take all at once. That does not mean that it was a bad [...]

    2. Single-volume chronologies of WW2 seem to be all the rage of late, and this book must compete with such works as Max Hastings' "Inferno" and Gerhard Weinberg's "World at Arms." Unlike the two mentioned, which take a particular unique vertical slice, Beevor just tries to tell a decade-long story about two theaters of war, and do it competently. In that he succeeds, for the most part.While the writing is not the breathtaking sort often reached for by the likes of Weinberg, it is readable and enjoy [...]

    3. Every nation experienced and remembers the war in different ways. For the British, French and Poles, it began with the Nazi attack on Poland in September 1939. For Russians, notwithstanding their assaults on Poland, Finland and the Baltic States, the real war started in June 1941 with the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union. For Americans, it began with the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor in December 1941. For Japan, however, Pearl Harbor was the continuation of an expansionist military adventure th [...]

    4. For some crazy reason I bought both Beevor's book on World War II and Max Hasting's Inferno: The World at War, 1939-1945 when they were published in the US a couple years ago. While I wouldn't call myself a WW2 buff, my steady interest dates back to the summer of 1976 when I picked up John Lukacs' The Last European War, September 1939/December 1941 in a Georgetown bookstore. Lukacs provides a rich diplomatic history, and the kind of drama underlying the many novels of Alan Furst. Beevor and Hast [...]

    5. In the acknowledgements to his latest history, The Second World War, Antony Beevor says that he wrote this comprehensive tome on one of the biggest events in human history because he wanted to fill in the gaps to his own knowledge of the topic. But, he says, “above all it is an attempt to understand how the whole complex jigsaw fits together, with the direct and indirect effects of actions and decisions taking place in very different theatres of war.” In this, Beevor succeeds where no other [...]

    6. Antony Beevorin "Toinen maailmansota" (WSOY, 2012) on liki tuhatsivuinen yleisesitys sodasta, josta on ehditty vuosien varrella kirjoittaa niin paljon, mutta johon voi ottaa edelleen uuden tulokulman ja josta arkistojen avautuessa löytyy alati uutta tutkittavaa.Olen lukenut sotahistoriaa jonkin verran, mutta ihmeellisenä asiantuntijana en silti voi itseäni pitää. Beevorin teokset onkin suunnattu aika lailla minun kohderyhmälleni: yleistajuista ja kiinnostavaa historiaa, jota lukee sujuvast [...]

    7. L’Europa nella quale siamo natiQuesto libro ripaga largamente il lettore in cerca di un’opera divulgativa e di buon livello, che dia una visione d’insieme della seconda guerra mondiale. E’ una lettura necessariamente imponente che ho apprezzato moltissimo, perché nell’ultimo anno di scuola non siamo arrivati a studiarla e le mie conoscenze erano parziali e di seconda mano. Per esempio, non sapevo che la guerra fra Cina e Giappone è stata combattuta in quegli anni, né che di fatto la [...]

    8. This is the third of three really good comprehensive histories of the second world war to come out in the past two years (along with those by Andrew Roberts and Max Hastings). It is comprehensive and well written. What is most important, however, is how the book tells a coherent story. Any single volume history of the war must leave things out. You can tell this here, since Beevor has published multiple well received volumes on various battles of the war before this one - on such critical battle [...]

    9. I have always been fascinated with any and all things to do with World War II. From the rise of Hitler, to the bombing of Hiroshima, this is perhaps the richest time in the history of the world. Due to the staggering scale of this time period, most books, both fiction and nonfiction, choose to focus on specific events or characters. In this hugely ambitious work, Antony Beevor attempts to provide a narrative overview of the entire war. In the book, Beevor effectively introduces the early onsets [...]

    10. This is a subject where a single battle, a single country or a single person can take up more than one tomes of material. So, I imagine it's extremely hard to fit the whole war in a single book.Yet Beevor has done it with surprising clarity, completeness and depth. I've read hundreds of books on WWII, and yet I found that there were actually new things to learn from this single-tome volume!Beevor writes very nicely, with a fluid narrative that keeps the interest up with no let up. He manages to [...]

    11. I have had the urge to read a good general history of the Second World War for years and finally decided to go for this one as Antony Beevor is highly regarded. This is a good narrative history that provides an accessible general picture of the central historical moment of the last century.There wasn't much that really struck me as a revelation or an original and revisionist perspective having picked up a lot this history through other reading or documentaries and films, but I suppose you have t [...]

    12. This magisterial work had humble beginnings, according to the author. Beevor writes in the Acknowledgements section of this book "I always felt a bit of a fraud when consulted as a general expert on the Second World War because I was acutely conscious of the large gaps in my knowledge, especially of unfamiliar aspects."Beevor's fame as a writer of narrative history is very much based on his histories of Second World War battles - Stalingrad, Berlin : the downfall 1945, and D-Day : the battle for [...]

    13. While WW2 has been a favorite topic of mine for years I mainly read about it online. The reason I turned to this book is that I couldn't find answers to certain questions I had in etc.I wasn't disappointed at all to read about the whole WW2 chronicle in great detail while it still being digestible. What I liked most was real witness accounts of how the fronts looked like in the form of letters written by soldiers or parts of conversations that took place between the central characters of the Wa [...]

    14. Antony Beevor's general history of the Second World War is a momentous achievement. Weighing in at 880 pages it provides a comprehensive, well considered and well written account of a truly momentous set of events in world history. Writing a general history of one of the twentieth century’s ‘Total Wars’ is a formidable task. Although the timeframe for the First and Second World Wars are individually relatively narrow, the geographical breadth and sheer range of events make it difficult to [...]

    15. It is arguable that the second world war was the biggest event in human history, certainly in the last few thousand years. It resulted in the death of over 50 million people, all over the globe. Hundreds of millions were injured physically and mentally. Much of the infrastructure of civilisation was destroyed. Its difficult to believe that this happened in living memory of some people still alive today, and had a direct effect upon the world as it is now. This is the best book I've read on the s [...]

    16. This book does an excellent job of tying every part of the Second World War together. Though Beevor is a specialist on the European war, he covers everything from Operation Torch in North Africa to the Sino-Japanese War and its impact on Axis & Allied power.In his style, Beevor writes in a way that makes it difficult to put the book down. As ever, it's not simply a chronological arrangement of events but a story which is endlessly fascinating. For all this, it is clear to the reader that Bee [...]

    17. It took me about 9 months to read this book by Antony Beevor. During this time period, I was consumed by the events that took place during 1939-1945 while the world and civilization plunged into uncertainty and fear. Everything that I had learned about the War previously seemed naive in comparison to what actually happened. I will not wax-poetic on exactly why that is, but I will say that I am very thankful I read this. I am left with an immense sense of appreciation at the heroism of the indivi [...]

    18. I feel bad giving this book only four stars, it is one of the best books I have ever read about WWII, however it promises so much in the beginning it would be impossible to carry through in less than two thousand pages.The author includes far more information on the war in China than I have encountered before, you will most likely need a map to keep up.Very few of the major players hold up well to Beevor’s analysis, just a few examples:Churchill – a gadfly with an attention deficit, it was h [...]

    19. This "definitive history" is both too quick and too slow. I suppose it is my fault for wanting the sweep of the Second World War in one book. He expects a certain background knowledge of military technology that I don't have. What would a glider look like in WWII? Is it really what I'm thinking? Apparently Messerschmitts come in different sizes, but it is left up to you to figure out that some are bombers, or fighters. You have to hope the General's name is ethnically identifiable (and it often [...]

    20. A very readable and comprehensive history of the Second World War. Beevor's main focus - and success - is in showing how the various different conflicts across the globe did, in reality, influence each other despite the actually very small practical overlap (for example he finds only one very minor example where German forces assisted Japan).However, I didn't find this as strong as the works, e.g. on Stalingrad and Berlin, that made Beevor's name. Those books distinguished themselves by focusing [...]

    21. HistoryVery interesting and readable history of the second world war. Shocking treatment of civilians and prisoners at the hands of the axis forces and the willingness of Soviet leaders to sacrifice their own troops is truly frightening.

    22. With Beevor, we are not in the history of long times. The presentation is chronological. A modern historian would have chosen a theme, here there is the beginning and the end. And it is very well. It is even reassuring.We see the history parading us. There is a clinical precision. There are two aspects which seems important to me. The first one is that it was a world war. We too much tend to think only in Europe and the Pacific. But there was China, the Philippines, Burma All these bloody episod [...]

    23. I don’t usually push my reading tastes on others but read this damn book. Everyone! Over the course of my adult life I have probably read over 100 books relating to WWII. I won’t go as far as to say this is the best but it is a completely enthralling epic told with consummate skill. He has the added vantage point unavailable to earlier chroniclers of the war because recent historians have access to heretofore denied Soviet archives. I think what this book does better than all the others is t [...]

    24. World War II claimed more lives than any other conflict in human history. The way it scarred people in so many places makes it one of the defining moments (probably the defining moment) in the modern history. For USSR and its descendants, WWII has always been the main goalpost in History. The country paid a terrible price (40 million lives is the current consensus). There are very few families which came unscathed from that war - an overwhelming majority lost relatives who fought, died in occupa [...]

    25. While I and a few others think Stopped At Stalingrad to be Beevor's best book, because it was so original, there is a very solid case to be made that this general history of the war is his best.It is so good that one is immediately aware that the author studied under Keegan.Beevor's treatment of Soviet Archives (not just for the plans to invade Western Europe that were aborted by the Atomic bombs) and recent scholarship on the Chinese Civil War makes it depressingly illuminating. A fifth of huma [...]

    26. I have just finished the book, and what a journey it was!I particually enjoyed the chapters of the conflict in China and the hostilities between the Nationalist and Communist parties. Amazing to think that the Imperial Japanese invading and destroying the country was not the only problem for the country. It's frightening to think of the atrocities that Mao would commit in the future against his own people, with a death toll that would rival the whole of WW2!My one criticism is that it's easy to [...]

    27. This is a stunning book. It is well written, thoroughly researched and will give you a good understanding of all the theatres of the war as well as the political machinations behind the scenes.I could go into great detail explaining why I would recommend this book to my fellow readers, but I do not believe I could do this book justice in less than 19,650 characters. My advice is just read it!

    28. If you are looking for a basic overiew of WW2, covering basically everything, then this is the book. The narrative always flows quickly, and keeps you interested. I would say a general understanding of the conflict is assumed, so perhaps not the book for a complete beginner but for myself I thought it was brilliant, covering all the aspects that you would wish, and telling the story of the big dogs as well as the regular soldiers. A really brilliant read.

    29. A totally engrossing and captivating book that manages to compress so much knowledge and details into an immensely accomplished story. The heroes, the villains and the utter folly of war told with passion and respect, yet managing to convey it in a way that also presents the big picture. Lest we forget, Beevor is the ultimate war historian.

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