The Storm of War

A New History of the Second World War

By Andrew Roberts; Andrew Roberts
(HarperTorch, Hardcover, 9780061228599, 712pp.)

Publication Date: May 2011

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From "Britain's finest military historian" (The Economist) comes a magisterial new history of World War II and the flawed axis strategy that led to their defeat.

The Second World War lasted for 2,174 days, cost $1.5 trillion, and claimed the lives of more than 50 million people. What were the factors that affected the war's outcome? Why did the Axis lose? And could they, with a different strategy, have won? Andrew Roberts's acclaimed new history has been hailed as the finest single-volume account of this epic con?ict. From the western front to North Africa, from the Baltic to the Far East, he tells the story of the warthe grand strategy and the individual experience, the cruelty and the heroismas never before.

In researching this magnificently vivid history, Roberts walked many of the key battlefields and wartime sites in Russia, France, Italy, Germany, and the Far East, and drew on a number of never-before-published documents, such as a letter from Hitler's director of military operations explaining the reasoning behind the FÜhrer's order to halt the Panzers outside Dunkirka delay that enabled British forces to evacuate. Roberts illuminates the principal actors on both sides and analyzes how they reached critical decisions. He also presents the tales of many little-known individuals whose experiences form a panoply of the extraordinary courage and self-sacrifice, as well as the terrible depravity and cruelty, of the Second World War.

Meticulously researched and masterfully written, The Storm of War gives a dramatic account of this momentous event and shows in remarkable detail why the war took the course it did.




About the Author
Andrew Roberts, the acclaimed historian, is the author of Waterloo: Napoleon\u2019s Last Gamble.

Andrew Roberts is the author of "A History of the English-Speaking Peoples Since 1900". His other books include "Napoleon and Wellington", "Eminent Churchillians", and "Salisbury", which won the Wolfson History Prize. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, Roberts writes regularly for "The Wall Street Journal".
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