Moral Combat by Michael Burleigh

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"Magnificent. . . . Seldom has a study of the past combined such erudition with such exuberance." —The Guardian 

"No-one with an interest in the Second World War should be without this book; and indeed nor should anyone who cares about how our world has come about." —The Daily Telegraph 

Pre-eminent WWII historian Michael Burleigh delivers a brilliant new examination of the day-to-day moral crises underpinning the momentous conflicts of the Second World War. A magisterial counterpart to his award-winning and internationally bestselling The Third Reich, winner of the Samuel Johnson prize, Moral Combat offers a unique and riveting look at, in the words of The Times (London), "not just the war planners faced with the prospect of bombing Dresden or the atrocities of the Holocaust, but also the individuals working at the coalface of war, killing or murdering, resisting or collaborating."


About Michael Burleigh

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Michael Burleigh is the author of Earthly Powers, Sacred Causes, and The Third Reich: A New History, which won the Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction. He is married and lives in London.
Published March 22, 2011 by HarperCollins e-books. 683 pages
Genres: History, War, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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The oversaturation of World War II in the historical-media field can make it seem impossible for anything new to be said, but author Michael Burleigh punctured that myth with his The Third Reich: A New History a decade ago.

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The Telegraph

Michael Burleigh has long been one of our foremost writers on the importance of ethics in history, and in this deeply researched, closely argued and well-written analysis of the moral issues thrown up by the Second World War he has reached the zenith of his career.

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BBC History Magazine

Some of the best-known general accounts in English about the Second World War have been written by historians whose starting point, in terms of speciality, is Germany.

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