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I’m sure someone has already asked some guidance on this subject, but I just joined this group and I would love some help on choosing a one volume book History of the WWII.
Which one to choose? Martin Gilbert? John Keegan? Max Hastings All Hell Let Loose: The World at War 1939-1945 or Antony Beevor recent book The Second World War?
Two more books to look upon. Thanks
#4 and #5
Lamson I was really inclined on Beevor’s recent book on the subject, however some reviewers share the some opinion of PossMan. I have still to consider other titles.
I could always read more than one approach :)
It's been quite some time since I took a look at Liddell Hart, but I agree that his book is obsolete in a variety of ways. Besides being written prior to the Ultra revelations, I recall a couple of other problems. First, his coverage of events is uneven. He devotes several chapters--maybe as many as 7 or 8, as I recall--to the Desert War, while treating other, more significant campaigns in much less detail. Second, his coverage of the German side of the war is skewed, I believe, by his extensive postwar interviews with surviving German generals--the basis for the book The German Generals Talk. My memory is that Liddell Hart seemed to have absorbed the often self-serving views of generals like Manstein, who had an interest in polishing their own reputations and in blaming Hitler for bad decision-making on the German side.
Keegan and Liddell Hart are not being considered, whereas Beevor, Hastings and Weinberg are potentials choices. Maybe I’ll go for more than one…