All Hell Let Loose

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From one of our finest historians, a magisterial account of the most terrible event in history – World War II.
The horror of World War II touched the lives of millions across the globe. Few could find the words to describe it, only that the carnage they experienced resembled all hell let loose’.

The eminent historian Max Hastings here encapsulates life through war for the ordinary people involved soldiers, sailors and airmen; British housewives and Indian peasants; SS killers and the citizens of Leningrad: Japanese suicide pilots and American carrier crews. This everyman’s story’ employs top-down analysis and bottom-up testimony to reveal the meaning of this vast conflict and ultimately answer the question what was World War II like?’.

Reviews

‘This is the book he was born to write: a work of staggering scope and erudition, narrated with supreme fluency and insight, it is unquestionably the best single-volume history of the war ever written’
Sunday Times

‘No other general history of the war amalgamates so successfully the gut-wrenching personal details and the essential strategic arguments’
The Times

‘Majestic…it is impossible to emerge without a sense of the sheer scale of human tragedy’
Daily Telegraph

Details

Format: eBook
Release Date: 29/09/2011
ISBN: 9780007338122

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