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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (726 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Andrew Roberts Narrator: Christian Rodsk Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From “Britain’s finest military historian” (Economist) comes a magisterial new history of World War II and the flawed axis strategy that led to their defeat.

The Second World War lasted for 2,174 days, cost $1.5 trillion, and claimed the lives of more than fifty million people. What were the factors that affected the war’s outcome? Why did the Axis lose? And could they, with a different strategy, have won? Andrew Roberts’ acclaimed new history has been hailed as the finest single-volume account of this epic conflict. From the western front to North Africa, from the Baltic to the Far East, he tells the story of the war—the grand strategy and the individual experience, the cruelty and the heroism—as never before.

In researching this magnificently vivid history, Roberts walked many of the key battlefields and wartime sites in Russia, France, Italy, Germany, and the Far East, and drew on a number of never-before-published documents, such as a letter from Hitler’s director of military operations explaining the reasoning behind the Führer’s order to halt the Panzers outside Dunkirk—a delay that enabled British forces to evacuate. Roberts illuminates the principal actors on both sides and analyzes how they reached critical decisions. He also presents the tales of many little-known individuals whose experiences form a panoply of the extraordinary courage and self-sacrifice, as well as the terrible depravity and cruelty, of the Second World War.

Meticulously researched and masterfully written, The Storm of War gives a dramatic account of this momentous event and shows in remarkable detail why the war took the course it did.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sean | 2/20/2014

    " It's difficult to believe that there's still more to be written about the Second World War, but this book is the best modern example. It's comprehensive in its coverage of every theater, with new, poignant illustrations of the waste and inhuman savagery (or rather, human-scale savagery) of the conflict. Special chapters are devoted to the Holocaust, the Battle of the Atlantic, and the strategic bombing campaigns waged by all combatants. And it's full of new research, including recently declassified documents as well as key margin notes from the books in Hitler's library. Highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Bj Bolich | 2/12/2014

    " Interesting, clear, well-researched. Intriguing premise, can't wait to see how Robersts develops it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Houlahan houlahan | 2/9/2014

    " Superbly detailed but fast moving overall history of WWII. Conveys the astoundaing sadness, badness, and brilliance of humanity's greatest conflict. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Chris Brooks | 2/7/2014

    " Best strategic view of WWII overall that I've read. Love the British Commonwealth perspective that the author brings. More than a telling of the history, Roberts goes deep into the strategic mis-steps by Hitler throughout the conflict. Highly recommended. "

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