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. Download and start listening now!