The Second World War by Antony Beevor

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One of the book’s greatest strengths is the attention it gives to the Sino-­Japanese war...For Beevor, this is “a missing section in the jigsaw,” and it certainly will not be well known to most Western readers.
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Over the past two decades, Antony Beevor has established himself as one of the world's premier historians of WWII. His multi-award winning books have included Stalingrad and The Fall of Berlin 1945. Now, in his newest and most ambitious book, he turns his focus to one of the bloodiest and most tragic events of the twentieth century, the Second World War.

In this searing narrative that takes us from Hitler's invasion of Poland on September 1st, 1939 to V-J day on August 14th, 1945 and the war's aftermath, Beevor describes the conflict and its global reach--one that included every major power. The result is a dramatic and breathtaking single-volume history that provides a remarkably intimate account of the war that, more than any other, still commands attention and an audience.

Thrillingly written and brilliantly researched, Beevor's grand and provocative account is destined to become the definitive work on this complex, tragic, and endlessly fascinating period in world history, and confirms once more that he is a military historian of the first rank.
 

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ANTONY BEEVOR is the bestselling author of five nonfiction books, including The Battle for Spain, Paris After the Liberation: 1944–1949, Stalingrad, which won the Samuel Johnson Prize, the Wolfson Prize for History, and the Hawthornden Prize for Literature, and The Fall of Berlin 1945, which received the first Longman-History Today Trustee's Award.
 
Published June 5, 2012 by Back Bay Books. 843 pages
Genres: History, War, Professional & Technical, Travel. Non-fiction
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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Richard Toye on Sep 07 2012

One of the book’s greatest strengths is the attention it gives to the Sino-­Japanese war...For Beevor, this is “a missing section in the jigsaw,” and it certainly will not be well known to most Western readers.

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Below average
Reviewed by Ben Shephard on Jun 16 2012

...its oddities and imbalances suggest that Beevor has not had the editorial support that even a writer of his talents needs on so vast a project. One hopes this is not the shape of things to come in publishing.

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Financial Times

Above average
Reviewed by Tony Barber on Sep 19 2014

Although Beevor’s book is not without flaws, it is a pleasure to read and an example of intelligent, lively historical writing at its best.

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