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The number of World War II books available is vast. People love to read about one of the worst events in history. In a way, this makes no. 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. Editorial Reviews. Review. Praise for THE SECOND WORLD WAR: "[Beevor's] book is the definitive history. This is World War II as Tolstoy would have described.

The course of the war is divided into six passages and attached to each is an analytical narrative of a battle.

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The limitations of the old-fashioned military approach are highlighted by the minute attention paid to the names of units and commanders and the bizarre practice of giving German generals and only German their full titles — as in "General der Panzertruppen Leo Freiherr Geyr von Schweppenburg". There are also structural problems. Beevor's skill with sustained narrative is repeatedly undermined by a salami-slicing attention to chronology.

Rommel's arrival in north Africa is brilliantly staged but his subsequent campaign in the desert is told in disconnected fragments, the discussion of whether Hitler was right to forbid a retreat in front of Moscow in December is sandwiched inside a chapter on Pearl Harbor, and the development of the Mustang fighter — which transformed the air war against Germany — is a throwaway paragraph in "The Soviet Spring Offensive".

Not only is too much space given to the eastern front, the narrative develops a relentlessness — one damn battle after another — thanks to a lack of variety in pace and vantage point — an odd failing from an admirer of Vasily Grossman. Beevor does devote a chapter to Nazi-occupied Europe, and gives a solid, unflinching account of the Holocaust, though he never personalises any of its victims; but he skimps on or simply ignores many important aspects of the war, including the Manhattan Project, Albert Speer's transformation of German armaments production and the development of Ultra signals intelligence.

A book aimed at an international audience may leave British readers feeling short-changed: there is little on the Blitz, the Battle of Crete gets more space than the Battle of Britain, and William Slim, the outstanding British general of the war, gets only a few passing mentions. Beevor is very good on one neglected area, relations between Moscow and Tokyo, but in general the sections on the far east are the weakest.

The surprising seven-month-long Greek resistance to the invading armies of Italy and Germany that followed in , gave the Greeks the first Allied victories on land, and became a beacon of hope and an inspiration to freedom-loving countries everywhere.

The Greek victories provided badly needed relief to the British who,, at that time, were fighting the Axis alone. The archives of the warring armies provide the backdrop of ferocious battles of the Greek forces against numerically superior and far better equipped Italian and German troops. Personal accounts by men and women who lived through extraordinary events provide the details, pinpointing moments that horrify and inspire.

From the introduction, which describes the events leading to the Second World War, the book unfolds through the diplomatic and military developments of the battle of Greece.

The resistance, which emerged during the occupation and persisted through to the liberation at a staggering cost to the Greek nation, completes the saga. Together, its essays map a new social history of Greece in the s and s, a period in which the country grappled—bloodily—with foreign occupation and intense civil conflict.

Extending innovative historical approaches to Greece, the contributors explore how war and civil war affected the family, the law, and the state. And they advance the ongoing reassessment of what happened in postwar Europe by including regional and village histories and by examining long-running issues of nationalism and ethnicity. Previously neglected subjects—from children and women in the resistance and in prisons to the state use of pageantry—yield fresh insights.

By focusing on episodes such as the problems of Jewish survivors in Salonika, memories of the Bulgarian occupation of northern Greece, and the controversial arrest of a war criminal, these scholars begin to answer persistent questions about war and its repercussions. How do people respond to repression? How deep are ethnic divisions? Which forms of power emerge under a weakened state? When forced to choose, will parents sacrifice family or ideology?

How do ordinary people surmount wartime grievances to live together? Apartment in Athens By Glenway Wescott This compelling historical fiction-based novel was first published in and was an instant best seller and considered a great American classic. It concerns an unusual triangular relationship about a Greek scholarly couple in Nazi-occupied Athens who are forced to share their living quarters with a Nazi German officer, Wescott masterfully stages a drama of accommodation and rejection, resistance and compulsion.

It is a tale of spiritual struggle in which triumph and defeat are next to impossible to tell apart.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 to read more narrow and specific books to find that.

Beevor's technique of frog-marching his readers to the station and getting the train moving, exemplified by an opening chapter which gets the war going in a mere 10 pages, achieves momentum, but often at the expense of clarity. Beevor hides us nothing of the greatness and the lownesses of the heroes.

View all 3 comments. 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 and Hastings provide something different: The books had enormous sales in both Britain and the United States and made Churchill a rich man for the first time.

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