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All Hell Let Loose, Volume 2 | [Max Hastings]

All Hell Let Loose, Volume 2

Max Hastings' study of the greatest and most terrible event in history continues in the second part of his epic book. There are vivid descriptions of the tragedies and triumphs of a host of ordinary people, in uniform and out of it, in an 'everyman's story'.
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Max Hastings' study of the greatest and most terrible event in history continues in the second part of his epic book. There are vivid descriptions of the tragedies and triumphs of a host of ordinary people, in uniform and out of it, in an 'everyman's story'.

This volume includes the chapters:

  • The Furnace: Russia in 1942,
  • Living with War,
  • Out of Africa,
  • The Bear Turns: Russia in 1943,
  • Divided Empires,
  • Asian Fronts,
  • Italy: High Hopes,
  • Sour Fruits,
  • War in the Sky,
  • Victims,
  • Europe Becomes a Battlefield,
  • Japan: Defying Fate,
  • Germany Besieged,
  • The Fall of the Third Reich,
  • Japan Prostrate,
  • Victors and Vanquished. Concludes the narrative started in Volume 1.

©2011 Max Hastings (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    Jim Twickenham, United Kingdom 25/01/2014
    Jim Twickenham, United Kingdom 25/01/2014 Member Since 2011
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    "Kaleidoscopic first person history"

    Hastings uses first person experiences to illustrate a consistently independent and thought provoking analysis of the war. I wasn't sure about this purchase because it seemed hard to believe that there was anything original or new to say but it's a pleasure to report that I grossly underestimated Hastings' ability to create something that's both gripping and touching. First hand accounts culled from combatants' letters home often conclude with a post-script that the letter was recovered from the writer's body shortly afterwards and over time we begin to get a sense of the human tragedy behind the casualty figures. The work required to produce such a clear account from such a large body of material must have been enormous and while I'd prefer to get both volumes for a single credit I didn't feel short-changed in terms of the duration of each volume or the quality of the writing.

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    Nicholas A. Osborne Kingswinford, United Kingdom 18/11/2012
    Nicholas A. Osborne Kingswinford, United Kingdom 18/11/2012 Member Since 2011

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    "Excellent listen"

    Well written, beautifully read. This book had no trouble keeping my interest. Full of facts and figures, Max Hastings has just managed to keep on the right side of too many so it never becomes boring.I am not a keen historian and this book has taught me that, well presented, history is fascinating.

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    R Wokingham, United Kingdom 02/04/2014
    R Wokingham, United Kingdom 02/04/2014 Member Since 2012
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    "Glad I missed it."
    Where does All Hell Let Loose, Volume 2 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    As a historical work this is wonderful and ranks with Volume 1 as a favourite


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There was no favourite character as such


    What does Cameron Stewart bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    He allows the various events to flow and gives the story of WW2 to build in a way that demonstrates the evil that was behind the regimes that fought in this conflict


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There was a emotional reaction, it was the feeling of utter loss as to why so many people had to die for the lust for power of a few men.


    Any additional comments?

    Superbly written and researched and the use of the ordinary person whose life was totally altered by the conflict alongside the reasoning of the leaders.

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    Gunnar 30/12/2013
    Gunnar 30/12/2013 Member Since 2012
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    "Comprehensive, Knowledgeable and Important"

    Max Hastings is easily my favourite writer on the Second World War and he has produced a book that manages to adequately cover the whole war without being superficial.

    Which in my book is a first for this subject.

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    J. C. Hilson Spain 07/07/2013
    J. C. Hilson Spain 07/07/2013 Member Since 2012
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    "A marathon well worth the effort."
    Would you consider the audio edition of All Hell Let Loose, Volume 2 to be better than the print version?

    Have not read the print version


    What was one of the most memorable moments of All Hell Let Loose, Volume 2?

    There are so many, the Russian campaign is by far the most memorable.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Difficult to say so much going on the narrate must find it hard to keep up.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No to long.


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    Scott Galway, Ireland 13/04/2013
    Scott Galway, Ireland 13/04/2013 Member Since 2010
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    "Outstanding! A new modern rival to W. L. Shirer"

    Outstanding! On par with Shirer's masterpiece if not surpassing it. This thought provocing book can amaze and haunt. A superb presentation of the human and financial cost of a global war. Covers not just the well documented areas of WW2 but covers some regions that are forgotten and are only known to younger generations due to current conflicts. The way the author covers the topics is well presented and easy to follow. It should be heard and read by all as with all wars it will not be the last one but the next one to worry about. How did mankind let this regime become so strong? Would we stop it happening elsewhere again? While the book does not cover this thought it makes me question that it is perhaps too late as the cycle is starting again! Listen to this audiobook you won't regret it, I have alreasy listened to this twice and I will do so again!

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    Mr Bedford, United Kingdom 19/06/2012
    Mr Bedford, United Kingdom 19/06/2012 Member Since 2012

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    "Bluntly put."

    . it takes out all the we won the war an replaces with some facts- History usually is written by the victors for the victors.. this work writes it as it is.. success and failure- Just a point.. the issues are a bit mixed up, there are 4 books, Book one Vol 1 & 2. and book 2 vol 1 & 2.. but whoever put it on here has got Vol 2 somewhat muddled up and calls them Vol 2 pt 2 and Vol 2 pt 3...- ?Just check it before you listen..- Well worth the money.

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    "Absolutely brilliant."

    This is a wonderful book. The author has encylcopaedic knowledge of the War .
    Dealing chiefly with individual experiences the horror of the war
    is poignantly captured.. Unforgettable images.

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