The Second World War

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Penguin Books, 1989 - History - 608 pages
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In this history, the author explores both the technological and the human impact of the war. Keegan examines each theater of the war, focusing on five crucial battles and news insights into the distinctive analyses and motivations of modern warfare. He introduces the strategic dilemmas faced by the leaders and the consequences of their decisions on the fighting men and the course of the war as a whole.

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User Review  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

A good introductory Book on the Global Catastrophe. Everything is included, the proportion of coverage is good for an English Language Book, and there is acknowledgement that the Soviet Army killed ... Read full review

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User Review  - FFortuna - LibraryThing

A readable history from a British historian's perspective. I noticed it was more relaxed and less partisan (general vs. general, etc.) than American histories tend to be. It covers a lot of information in sufficient detail to get a grasp of the whole war. Read full review



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John Keegan, May 15, 1934 - August 2, 2012 John Keegan was born in London, England on May 15, 1934. He received a degree in history from Balliol College, Oxford in 1953. After graduation, he went to the United States on a grant to study the Civil War. When he returned to London, he wrote political reports for the United States Embassy and in 1960 was appointed as a lecturer at the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst, England, a post he held for 25 years. During this time he also held visiting professorships at Princeton University and Vassar College. In 1997, he began working for the Daily Telegraph as a defense correspondent and then military affairs editor. He also contributed to the American website National Review Online. During his lifetime, he wrote more than 20 books about military history, the majority of which focus on warfare from the 14th to the 21st centuries. His works included Barbarossa: Invasion of Russia, The Face of Battle, A History of Warfare, Who Was Who in World War II, The Second World War, The American Civil War, The Mask of Command, and The Iraq War. He was knighted in 2000. He died on August 2, 2012 at age of 78.

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