The Second World War (Book) Review

The Second World War

Released: 7th June 2012
RRP: 25
Publisher: Weidendfeld & Nicolson
Author: Antony Beevor
Type: Hardback
ISBN: 9780297844976
Pages: 783

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The Second World War has without a doubt been written by a master historian. Very few historians are capable of capturing the visualization of tragedy and realization on paper. Antony Beevor is one of those chosen few who stands out from the rest and demonstrates his knowledge wonderfully. As a result of extensive research, The Second World War is packed with historical facts covering all the major events of the war. There are many books out today about the Second World War but this volume differs from the rest. Beevor doesn’t begin his story with the German invasion of Poland in 1939 like many other Second World War books. Instead, we are educated about the conflict in the Far East between Japan, China and the Soviet Union. We are given the malicious and heart-breaking facts of how cruel the Japanese were and we are educated about the horrors that the American POW faced such as, starvation, torture and rape. The author has also included photographs that cover a wide range of subjects; from the prisoners in the concentration camps to those providing medical aid on the battlefield to images of the combat as it happened. By combining the conflict side of the war with the civilian aspects the author makes the world's most disastrous conflict accessible.

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