The Second World War Explained (Hardback)
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Over seventy years on the terrible events and outcome of the Second World War remains hugely relevant and important. Far from diminishing interest in this truly global conflict is increasing. The internet has enabled detailed research into ancestors’ war records to an extent unimaginable a decade or so ago.
There have been countless books on all aspects of the Second world War but Michael O'Kelly has identified the need for a concise summary covering the main events and personalities. The result is a compelling, highly readable and informing book which allows an understanding of this most dramatic yet tragic period of history. Will appeal to all age groups.
This is something I would have found enthralling back in the 1950s when I was starting my grammar school education, but the history books had yet to be written about WWII back then. Michael’s book puts everything into perspective in a scholarly and engaging way. So much I didn’t know… if you don’t know where to start in your thirst for knowledge about WWII, Michael’s your man!Books Monthly
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A book that also makes use of an excellent series of maps and a sufficiently detailed chronology. And also in the appendix we find an interesting scheme that lists all the meetings between the main allied leaders.Old Barbed Wire Blog
A book that I would recommend to those who want to start learning about the Second World War and then get passionate about a more specific theme, be it a battle or a theater of war.
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If you want to get a broad view or you know of a youngster whose school history did not get beyond the Romans, Anglo-Saxons and the First World War this with all its limitations will make a very acceptable present.Robert Bartlett
This is a remarkable book in which the author provides an admirable, if necessarily rather breathless and simplistic, précis of the Second World War through every theatre of War and from the Arctic Convoys to the Atom Bomb. It is a highly readable, concise summary of the main events and key personalities of the War with just sufficient detail to add interest to the narrative. In a book of this type there is inevitably ample scope for over-simplification but in general a good balance is maintained throughout despite there being a degree of devil in the detail. Recommended for the general or younger reader.Military Historical Society
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