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No Simple Victory: World War II in Europe, 1939-1945 Audiobook (Unabridged)

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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.26 (272 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Norman Davies Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook 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 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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 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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