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Author: Antony Beevor Narrator: Sean Barrett Publisher: Little, Brown & Company Audio Length: Release Date: June 2012 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781619690189

Publisher Description

A masterful and comprehensive chronicle of World War II, by internationally bestselling historian Antony Beevor. 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 14, 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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  • “[A] ripping account…In some respects, the focus on the carnage is salutary, as a reminder of war’s true human cost. But it is as well to remember too that there were acts of kindness and heroism alongside the folly and murder…It is instructive to read of unimaginable slaughter; it is equally instructive to read of efforts to transcend it.”

    - New York Times Book Review
  • “Beevor has demonstrated, through his previous book on Stalingrad, D-day, and the fall of Berlin, that he understands precisely how to balance meticulous research with captivating prose…One senses, nevertheless, that those earlier books were just building blocks to this, his magnum opus.”

    - Washington Post
  • “Rich in anecdotal detail…Beevor’s book gives us the opportunity to comprehend the greatest, most dire event of the twentieth century—and tells us more about human nature than we may wish to know.”

    - Washington Times
  • “A page-turner…Hypocrisy and self-sacrifice, corruption and idealism, sadism and compassion, genocide and cannibalism: Beevor brilliantly shows, at all levels, that WWII defies easy generalization.”

    - Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • “Whether a battle or an atrocity, Beevor illustrates it with one person’s experience, preventing stupefaction over his data on the millions of dead…As a summarizing introduction to WWII, Beevor’s is a fine example of the form.”

    - Booklist
  • “A deeply enlightening experience. A work of vast research, depth, and insight.”

    - Kirkus Reviews

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  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Anthony Beevor is truely a brilliant & gifted writer ... this is an amazing read ... don't be scared by the size of the book as the chapters fly by .... a must read for all history buff's ... excellent account of an horrific chapter in our history. "

    - Joanne, 2/13/2014
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    " This book gives a very good overview of the entirety of the second world war. It is well written, but is dense and is not a quick read. It is worth the effort however. "

    - Ssawyer, 12/14/2013
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    " Well executed bottom up narrative that covers the European war in greater detail than the Pacific. Graphic accounts of many of the participants versus the leaders. "

    - Tom, 11/21/2013
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    " Another great read from Antony Beevor, with his unique perspective and writing style which makes it almost feel like you are reading a fiction narrative. I find his books very hard to put down and this chronology of WW2 is no different. "

    - Carl, 11/10/2013
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    " One of the best WWII history books I have ever read. There was new information, new conflicts in Europe and Asia to me that I just didn't know that Mr. Beevor brought to light. After reading it, I was filled with a profound happiness that I didn't have to live through any of it as well. "

    - Greg, 10/15/2013
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    " Excellently written, most of the things presented are known if you are familiar with WWII but it is written in such a way that its still enjoyable. Very well researched, and I still learned things. "

    - Jonathan, 9/4/2013
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    " Wonderfuly written and easy to read. However, a very sad book. Must reading for anyone desiring an overview of this greatest manmade destruction. "

    - Schmidleysscribblins.wordpress.com, 8/19/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Very informative but very academic. It was written by a British author so it has a British bias in it narrative. Overall I did learn more about the eastern front and the war in China. For a very detailed look at the entire scope of WW II then this book is for you. "

    - Mike, 5/2/2013
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    " Easy to read history. Learned things I did not know about the war. "

    - Katie, 4/27/2013
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    " Fascinating narrative from an expert. "

    - Le, 2/26/2013
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    " Impressive single volume history of the Second World War, filled with interesting throw-away facts and peculiarities from the era. "

    - Joe, 12/25/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Up to his usual good standard. Exciting and interesting with some interesting revelatons. "

    - Jer, 8/20/2012
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    " Probably the best single volume overview of WWII I have ever read. It does by far the best job in explaining and connecting the geo-political motivations behind the war and its development. Just an exceptionally impressive work. "

    - Reverenddave, 8/6/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Anthony Beevor gets through this huge story at a cracking pace. Plenty of gripping detail and interesting insights. He has a lovely writing style, too. "

    - Jeffrey, 6/22/2012

About the Author

Antony Beevor is an English military historian, educated at Winchester College and Sandhurst. He is a former officer with the 11th Hussars and served in England and Germany for five years before resigning his commission. He has published several popular histories on the Second World War and the twentieth century in general, winning numerous awards and accolades, including the Samuel Johnson Prize and the Wolfson Prize for History. He is the recipient of the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award for Military Writing of the Pritzker Military Museum and Library Literature Award. His work The Battle of Normandy was a New York Times bestseller.

About the Narrator

Sean Barrett has won over twenty Earphones Awards and two prestigious Audie Awards for his audiobook narrations. He started acting professionally at the age of twelve and has since appeared on television and in film in Minder, Brush Strokes, War and Peace, Sons and Lovers, and Return to Oz. His stage credits include performing in the West End with Noël Coward in his Suite in Three Keys. He has worked extensively on BBC Radio and has also narrated several television series, including People’s Century and Crash.