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The War in the West: Volume 2

A New History: The Allies Fight Back 1941-43
Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
Series: The War in the West, Book 2
Length: 24 hrs and 54 mins
Categories: History, Second World War
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Random House presents the audiobook edition of The War in the West: A New History: Volume 2 by James Holland, read by Leighton Pugh.

In the second volume of his acclaimed new history of the Second World War, James Holland examines the momentous turning points of 1941–1943: Hitler's invasion of Russia; America's entry into the conflict; the devastating Thousand Bomber Raids over Germany; the long struggle in the deserts of North Africa; and the defeat of the U-boats in the crucial Battle of the Atlantic.

As in his first volume, Germany Ascendant, he interweaves his account of the well-known events of the period with the personal stories of individuals caught up in them - on all sides. Through interviews, letters, diaries and reports, he allows us to see the war not just from the perspective of politicians, military commanders and strategists, but also through the eyes of civilians bombed out of their homes, resistance members stranded in the frozen Norwegian winter, sailors risking their lives in the Atlantic convoys, German aces striving for supremacy in the air, and ordinary soldiers battling for survival in the scorching sands of Libya.

He also looks behind the scenes at the all-important 'machinery' of war: the manufacturing, farming and vital supply lines that underpinned the entire conflict and ultimately determined its course. From the battlefronts on land, sea and air, to the streets, fields and factories of Britain, America and Germany, he paints a dramatic and compelling portrait of these pivotal years when the tide began to turn.

Combining his own research with only recently accessible archive material, Holland looks afresh at this cataclysmic conflict, reassessing long-held views and challenging conventional assumptions. The result is ground-breaking history that redefines the war in the West and makes us think again about the events that shaped our modern world.

©2017 James Holland (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks

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WW2 history at its best

2nd volume in this excellent history. a thrilling narrative that challenges some of the common conceptions about WW2. looking forward to volume 3.

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Superb

An excellent account, well told and expertly narrated. Recommended for enthusiast and more general reader alike.

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Exceptional performance of an immense tale

Considering the massive scope of the topic, the author and narrator do a superb job of carrying the reader along without getting lost. Fantastic.

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Really Enjoyed This Book

It takes a different perspective on the global conflict, mixing stories with industrial & financial background, and still managing to get the personalities of some of the famous, and the not so famous participants. Loved it.

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excellent... looking forward to the last book

A well told account giving lots of interesting anecdotes from more than the military point of view. Also a more balanced attitude than many historians give to the allied cause.

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5 stars

The details in this book are a fantastic insight into this terrible war. The diary entries are so amazing to hear. I cannot rate this book highly enough. It’s a book that you just don’t want to end. James Holland is a author I will be following from now on.

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Bold and balanced telling

Loved every minute. Could have been much longer and in even more detailed and I would have been even happier. I suppose you have to put a limit on how long book is but I could have listened on and on. The reader was excellent.

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Excellent

Brilliantly written and excellently delivered by a very good reader! Looking forward to volume three...

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Very thorough

Excellent read, wide range and as detailed as Max Hastings. Provides a view from the ordinary soldiers war to the Generals and politicians in a refreshing and informative way.

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Excellent

The clarity with which one sees the influence of industry upon the Second World War is startling.