Inferno: The World at War, 1939-1945 (Google eBook)
From one of our finest military historians, a monumental work that shows us at once the truly global reach of World War II and its deeply personal consequences.
World War II involved tens of millions of soldiers and cost sixty million lives—an average of twenty-seven thousand a day. For thirty-five years, Max Hastings has researched and written about different aspects of the war. Now, for the first time, he gives us a magnificent, single-volume history of the entire war.
Through his strikingly detailed stories of everyday people—of soldiers, sailors and airmen; British housewives and Indian peasants; SS killers and the citizens of Leningrad, some of whom resorted to cannibalism during the two-year siege; Japanese suicide pilots and American carrier crews—Hastings provides a singularly intimate portrait of the world at war. He simultaneously traces the major developments—Hitler’s refusal to retreat from the Soviet Union until it was too late; Stalin’s ruthlessness in using his greater population to wear down the German army; Churchill’s leadership in the dark days of 1940 and 1941; Roosevelt’s steady hand before and after the United States entered the war—and puts them in real human context.
Hastings also illuminates some of the darker and less explored regions under the war’s penumbra, including the conflict between the Soviet Union and Finland, during which the Finns fiercely and surprisingly resisted Stalin’s invading Red Army; and the Bengal famine in 1943 and 1944, when at least one million people died in what turned out to be, in Nehru’s words, “the final epitaph of British rule” in India.
Remarkably informed and wide-ranging, Inferno is both elegantly written and cogently argued. Above all, it is a new and essential understanding of one of the greatest and bloodiest events of the twentieth century.
From the Hardcover edition.
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Review: Inferno: The World at War, 1939-1945User Review - John Nellis - Goodreads
This account of the second world war was one of the very best I have read. Mr. Hastings puts a human face on the war so few accounts have fully managed to do. Not just the words of the soldiers or ... Read full review
Review: Inferno: The World at War, 1939-1945User Review - Jarvo - Goodreads
Read this under the UK title 'All Hell Broke Loose', which aptly sums up the subject. This is a magnificant overview of the defining event of the C20th. Its strengths are in its global coverage ... Read full review
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN ASian Fronts
High Hopes Sour Fruits
CHAPTER NINETEEN War in the
CHAPTER TWENTY Victims
CHAPTER TWENTYONE Europe Becomes a Battlefield
CHAPTER TWENTYTHREE Germany Besieged
CHAPTER TWENTYFOUR The Fall Of the Third Reich
CHAPTER NINE Japans Season Of Triumph
CHAPTER TEN Swings Of Fortune
CHAPTER ELEVEN The British at
Russia in 1942
CHAPTER THIRTEEN Living With
CHAPTER FOURTEEN Out Of Africa
Russia in 1943
CHAPTER SIXTEEN Divided Empires
CHAPTER TWENTYFIVE Japan Prostrate
CHAPTER TWENTYSIX Victors and Vanquished
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