Friday, October 7, 2011

Some Real History

I was recently told about a new book on the history of World War Two, it’s called The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War, by renowned British historian, Andrew Roberts.

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I haven’t had a chance to read this one yet, but I’ve been told it is a definite must read for any fan of WW2 history. Even if you think you know everything the is to know about the war you’ll learn something from this book.

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Here is the publisher’s blurb from Amazon.com:

From "Britain's finest military historian" (The Economist) comes a magisterial new history of World War II and the flawed axis strategy that led to their defeat.

The Second World War lasted for 2,174 days, cost $1.5 trillion, and claimed the lives of more than 50 million people. What were the factors that affected the war's outcome? Why did the Axis lose? And could they, with a different strategy, have won? Andrew Roberts's acclaimed new history has been hailed as the finest single-volume account of this epic conflict. From the western front to North Africa, from the Baltic to the Far East, he tells the story of the war—the grand strategy and the individual experience, the cruelty and the heroism—as never before.

In researching this magnificently vivid history, Roberts walked many of the key battlefields and wartime sites in Russia, France, Italy, Germany, and the Far East, and drew on a number of never-before-published documents, such as a letter from Hitler's director of military operations explaining the reasoning behind the Fuhrer's order to halt the Panzers outside Dunkirk—a delay that enabled British forces to evacuate. Roberts illuminates the principal actors on both sides and analyzes how they reached critical decisions. He also presents the tales of many little-known individuals whose experiences form a panoply of the extraordinary courage and self-sacrifice, as well as the terrible depravity and cruelty, of the Second World War.

Meticulously researched and masterfully written, The Storm of War gives a dramatic account of this momentous event and shows in remarkable detail why the war took the course it did.

I’m really looking forward to reading this one, here’s a link to the Amazon.com page.

Even as a fan of fictional history I feel real history is very important for inspiration and for giving you fictionalized wars a factual base. You all can look forward to a couple of actual book reviews this month. Happy reading.