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After the unprecedented destruction of the Great War, the world longed for a lasting peace. The victors, however, valued vengeance even more than stability and demanded a massive indemnity from Germany in order to keep it from rearming. The results, as eminent historian Norman Stone describes in this authoritative history, were disastrous.

In World War Two, Stone provides a remarkably concise account of the deadliest war of human history, showing how the conflict roared to life from the ashes of World War One. Adolf Hitler rode a tide of popular desperation and resentment to power in Germany, promptly making good on his promise to return the nation to its former economic and military strength. He bullied Europe into giving him his way, and in so doing backed the victors of the Great War into a corner. Following the invasion of Poland in 1939, Britain and France declared war on Germany—a decision that, Stone argues, was utterly irrational. Yet Hitler had driven the world mad, and the rekindling of European hostilities soon grew to a conflagration that spread across the globe, fanned by political and racial ideologies more poisonous—and weaponry more destructive—than the world had ever seen. With commanding expertise, Stone leads listeners through the escalation, climax, and mournful denouement of this sprawling conflict.

World War Two is an invaluable contribution to our understanding of the twentieth century and its defining struggle.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Stone’s book is an entertaining read, full of quirky detail…For the well-informed, this will be a book to enjoy, then argue over.”

    Mail on Sunday (London)

  • “Stone tells the story of the war succinctly and fluently, looking at areas often ignored in English histories.”

    Daily Telegraph (London)

  • “Only a person with extensive knowledge can tell such a complex story in so few pages and still have it be comprehensive. This is an ideal book for someone who seeks to understand the nature of World War II. It is also appropriate reading for someone who has studied the war in fragments…and wants to be reminded of the grand scale of this massive conflagration that defined the twentieth century.”

    Roanoke Times

  • “[An] entertaining history…Novices will receive a painless introduction, but educated readers should not pass up the highly opinionated prologue and epilogue and the author’s trademark acerbic commentary throughout…Readers of all stripes…will find plenty to ponder.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

Norman Stone has taught at the universities of Cambridge, Oxford and Bilkent, where he is now director of the Turkish-Russian Center. He is the author of World War One, Europe Transformed, and The Eastern Front, for which he won the Wolfson Prize.