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World War Two: A Short History

Format:  Hardcover,

238 pages

Publisher: Perseus Books Group

Publish Date: Jan 2013

ISBN-13: 9780465013722

ISBN-10: 0465013724

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After the unprecedented destruction of the Great War, the world longed for a lasting peace. The victors, however, valued vengeance even more than stability and demanded a massive indemnity from Germany in order to keep it from rearming. The results, as eminent historian Norman Stone describes in this authoritative history, were disastrous.
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 Germany--a 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 poisonous--and weaponry more destructive--than 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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Publisher: Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: Jan 2013
ISBN-13: 9780465013722
ISBN-10: 0465013724
Format: Hardcover
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

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Review by Library Journal (2013-05-15)

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

(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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After the unprecedented destruction of the Great War, the world longed for a lasting peace. The victors, however, valued vengeance even more than stability and demanded a massive indemnity from Germany in order to keep it from rearming. The results, as eminent historian Norman Stone describes in this authoritative history, were disastrous.

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 Germany—a 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 poisonous—and weaponry more destructive—than 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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