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Summary

Are you ready for the truth about World War Two?

In the first of an extraordinary three-volume account of the war on land, in the air and at sea, James Holland not only reveals the truth behind the familiar legends of the Second World War but he also unveils those lesser known events which were to have the greatest significance.

The first book to consider the economic, political and social as well as the military aspects of World War Two, this is a unique retelling of a monumental event in all its terrible and majestic glory.

Holland has spent over 12 years unearthing new research, visiting archives, battlefields and the very people who fought and lived through the conflict. He has, in his own accessible and inimitable style, written an account to redefine our understanding of the war. It is unlike anything else on the subject.

©2015 James Holland (P)2015 Random House AudioBooks (UK)

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Refreshingly new view of World War 2.

Enjoyed this review of World War 2 which cast a new light on what appeared as established truths. The lack of military awareness by the leaders of the Third Reich seems astonishingly naive and disastrous to the German people. Looking forward to the next installment.

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A new look on the war in the west

This book tells the story of the war in the west with a stronger emphasis on the business of war. How did the the different countries manage to produce and deploy the weapon, tanks, aircrafts etc needed to wage war. And how did this affect the fighting on ground, at sea and in the air. Plenty af close up combat stories and behind the seen rivalery too. Highly recomended. And the performance is at par with the story, the reader gets the forgin names etc right and has an inspiering drive to his voice.

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History having an impact on the present

I am not a regular reader of this type of book, I have limited film type knowledge of WWII.
The book presented so many new captions of information for me that I found myself listening to the 'story' like a fictional book. I have gained a huge amount from reading this book and recommend to anyone who has an 'I would like to know a bit more' attitude to WWII.
One word of warning, if you are Italian (or possibly French) I suggest you leave this one off your reading list.

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Awesome new history of a titanic struggle

Holland leaves no stone unturned in this comprehensive new history. Some fresh perspectives, especially on Britain's military performance, but occasionally a bit dry - could've done without the in-depth narrative, though worthy, of US industrial policy as America geared up to assist Britain in 1940-41. that said, a recommended and very interesting book. Excellent recording.

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great

well read and a few things I didn't know. great for students covering ww2. covers a lot of theatres as well and gives a good balanced view.

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Pleasure to listen to

Not the most technical history book, but well written and engaging for those interested but not obsessed with the history of the war.

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WWll - Factual Account

This book will not be for everyone, it dissects the facts and data and presents it in a clear manner. No embellishment. The human interest appears in the excellent narration style (complete with accents, l particularly like the Italian). I enjoyed listening to this audible book and await the second part with interest and anticipation.

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Exceptional retelling of events!

Brilliant material, brilliant delivery.

The fact that I'm now going to get the second installment of the 25+ hour book immediately says everything. Amazing work.

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Excellent

Great detail and flow with a top performance in the narration. I want to start over!

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Outstanding modern view of the second world war

I've read many historical accounts of the second world war but few as informative as this. The economic perspective is neither boring nor irrelevant, in fact the author shows how this aspect was vital to winning - and why, despite the gloomy outlook of 1940/41, victory was actually never in doubt. Great narration too and a book I heartily recommend.

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Excellent

A well written history and a very good narrator. I enjoyed this book very much.