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No Simple Victory: World War II in Europe, 1939–1945 Audiobook

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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (272 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Norman Davies Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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If history really belongs to the victor, what happens when there’s more than one side declaring victory? That’s the conundrum Norman Davies unravels in his groundbreaking book No Simple Victory. Far from being a revisionist history, No Simple Victory instead offers a clear-eyed reappraisal, untangling, and setting right the disparate claims made by America, Great Britain, France, and the Soviet Union in order to get at the startling truth.

In detailing the clash of political philosophies that drove the war’s savage engine, Davies also examines how factors as diverse as technology, economics, and morale played dynamic roles in shaping battles, along with the unsung yet vital help of Poland, Greece, and the Ukraine (which suffered the highest number of casualties). And while the Allies resorted to bombing enemy civilians to sow terror, the most damning condemnation is saved for the Soviet Union, whose glossed-over war crimes against British soldiers and its own people prove that Communism and Nazism were two sides of the same brutal coin.

No Simple Victory is an unparalleled work that will fascinate not only history buffs but anyone who is interested in discovering the reality behind what Davies refers to as “the frozen perspective of the winners’ history.”

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Infused with irony and paradox, qualities essential to understanding history…[No Simple Victory] rearranges and juxtaposes facts and events in often unexpectedly illuminating ways.”


  • “Davies cuts against the grain of popular war histories like Stephen Ambrose’s accounts of D-day and the Bulge, but his interpretations rest on solid scholarly work.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A lively and contrary historiography, skillfully written.”

    Library Journal

Listener Reviews

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Richie de Almeida | 2/20/2014

    " In general this effort was to avoid looking at the war through rose-coloured glasses. It succeeds but some of the author's invective did creep in, so I wouldn't call his a totally objective point of view. Very informative and stretches the mind open; history is more useful to use when we question it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Keith | 1/23/2014

    " A historical assessment of the Eastern front during World War II. Davies concentrates on the battles, politics, soldiers, and civilians that were involved with Germany's conflicts with Poland, Russia, and other eastern European countries. He is heavily critical of the Western tradition's viewpoint of the war and believes that the U.S. dominates World War II history. Good book, but there are too few sources. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Jeff | 1/15/2014

    " Davies uses an interesting approach to discuss the war in Europe: by topic, rather than by chronology. He makes a compelling argument that literature is biased or skewed in favor of the country in which the literature emanated. It is quite opinionated. I give it a neutral on recommending, due to its length. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Scott Archer | 1/15/2014

    " More like a college textbook. Fact, facts and more facts. Too much for me. Had to read every page 2-3 times. "

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About the Author
Author Norman Davies

Norman Davies is the author of several books on Polish and European history, including God’s Playground, The Isles, and White Eagle, Red Star.

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with over forty Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.