|Publisher:||Perseus Books Group|
|Publish Date:||Jan 2013|
|Number of Pages:||238|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.8|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||6.0 x 9.0 x 1.0|
Distinguished Wolfsan Prize-winning historian Stone (The Atlantic and Its Enemies; World War One: A Short History) presents a concise, authoritative history of World War II. Stone emphasizes the main events that led to the war, the key strategies driving the Allied combat success, and the mistakes of the Axis, as well as of the Allies. The author also includes high-level analysis of the overall rationale for the ultimate Allied victory.
Stone's entry into the saturated World War II market is a marvelous introduction to the war that will be of great value for general readers or students, though the author assumes that readers have at least a fundamental understanding of the events. Derek Perkins ably narrates this work that may heighten interest in more extensive books, including Max Hastings's relatively recent Inferno, Antony Beevor's The Second World War, or Andrew Roberts's The Storm of War.
Verdict: Recommended for university libraries supporting a history collection, as well as public libraries.
-Dale Farris, Groves, TX
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In World War Two, Stone provides a remarkably concise account of the deadliest war of human history, showing how the conflict roared to life from the ashes of World War One. Adolf Hitler rode a tide of popular desperation and resentment to power in Germany, promptly making good on his promise to return the nation to its former economic and military strength. He bullied Europe into giving him his way, and in so doing backed the victors of the Great War into a corner. Following the invasion of Poland in 1939, Britain and France declared war on Germanya decision that, Stone argues, was utterly irrational. Yet Hitler had driven the world mad, and the rekindling of European hostilities soon grew to a conflagration that spread across the globe, fanned by political and racial ideologies more poisonousand weaponry more destructivethan the world had ever seen. With commanding expertise, Stone leads readers through the escalation, climax, and mournful denouement of this sprawling conflict.
World War Two is an invaluable contribution to our understanding of the twentieth century and its defining struggle.
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