A world in flames: a short history of the Second World War in Europe and Asia, 1939-1945
This book is clear, crisp and jargon-free. It is presented as an analytical narrative, and presupposes no previous knowledge of the events it surveys. It deals with the war in Asia and the Pacific as well as the European arena. It combines interpretative authority with up-to-date scholarship and a companionable writing style. And it tells the story richly but concisely, within the covers of a single manageable volume.
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From the Outbreak of the War to the Fall of France
The Battle of Britain and the Balkan Campaign
The Attack on the Soviet Union June 1941December 1941
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