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This book s a brick but Keegan gives the heavy matter readability with clear prose and the right amount of jargon for non war buffs such as myself It is a great, balanced, one volume description of WWII which provides enough material for the reader to understand the events and gives plenty of ideas for further reading on the subject It was exactly what I was after a comprehensive history of the war with details of the political strategies of the heavyweights and details of indicative battles, This book s a brick but Keegan gives the heavy matter readability with clear prose and the right amount of jargon for non war buffs such as myself It is a great, balanced, one volume description of WWII which provides enough material for the reader to understand the events and gives plenty of ideas for further reading on the subject It was exactly what I was after a comprehensive history of the war with details of the political strategies of the heavyweights and details of indicative battles, with a few splashes of what was happening on the ground to keep it in context I loved the anecdotes and excerpts from diaries and other sources The only time the pace slackened for me was during the descriptions of movements in Russian territories that my lack of geog knowledge couldn t picture Perhaps a couplemaps would not have gone astray Highly recommended John Keegan gives a clear, comprehensive survey of WWII If you re unclear about the era of WWII, read Keegan s Second World War before going to Rick Atkinson s Liberation Trilogy, which is muchdetailed Then go to the biographies of world leaders of the time Finally, study individual battles and other aspects of the war Such a study is essential for all students of history, and everyone should be a lifelong student of history. @READ BOOK ⚤ The Second World War è In this comprehensive history, John Keegan explores both the technical and the human impact of the greatest war of all time He focuses on five crucial battles and offers new insights into the distinctive methods and motivations of modern warfare In knowledgable, perceptive analysis of the airborne battle of Crete, the carrier battle of Midway, the tank battle of Falaise, the city battle of Berlin, and the amphibious battle of Okinawa, Keegan illuminates 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 This would be the text to start finding out about WW2 if you knew absolutely nothing about the subject Unfortunately people under the age of 30, 35 haven t got a clue so that s a lot of people.With such a broad topic and many historical controversies faced head on by Keegan this book could have had a nightmare structure It could have been rambling, discursive mess The book is superbly paced and structured The controversies such as why Hitler attacked the USSR, failure or success of strat This would be the text to start finding out about WW2 if you knew absolutely nothing about the subject Unfortunately people under the age of 30, 35 haven t got a clue so that s a lot of people.With such a broad topic and many historical controversies faced head on by Keegan this book could have had a nightmare structure It could have been rambling, discursive mess The book is superbly paced and structured The controversies such as why Hitler attacked the USSR, failure or success of strategic bombing, why the second front took so long and how the strategic aims of the Axis were bound to fail are all discussed and analyzed.I would have given this 5 stars except that Keegan has an occasional lapse of prose style It only happened 2 or 3 times but the passages in question I had to read several times to get the full meaning There is another bigger problem Although Keegan gives a generally fair summation of the various historical schools of thought about the war he really falls down in not giving a political and or economic explanation The periodic economic crises of European capitalism are not by themselves an explanation There is a lame attempt to connect the Napoleonic Wars with economic change Too bad the most dynamic economic power, namely Great Britain was not the most politically revolutionary power namely France He generally comes down on the side that says that WW2 was a continuation of WW1 There was nothing inevitable about WW2 though Germany could have, and the allies were willing, to let her be the dominant but not dominating state in Europe Instead there is a long bow drawn from the citizen soldier armies created by Napoleon and copied by the rest of Europe and the orgy of destruction visited upon the continent between 1914 and 1945.There was a failure of politics, particularly Liberal politics and how creaking multinational empires did not deal adequately with the nationality question In the twenties and thirties discredited ruling classes yes I am looking at you Italy and Germany threw in their lot with what they considered to be controllable radical right parties Too bad they took over the state and either sidelined the traditional ruling classes or cowered them into acquiescence This should have been addressed by Keegan.Maybe my generation and older should just stop about the war Our world was created by the war but so often the wrong conclusions are drawn Lets attack Iran He is just like Hitler etc I have read a lot about WW2 the last year and I am a little bit over it, so nofor me Picked this up at the sale room at the Hayward, Wisconsin public library last summer.John Keegan is primarily a military historian, someone familiar to me from other publications He writes, in my experience, at a level above that of popular historians while still remaining accessible to lay readers willing to think a little bit This survey of both theatres of WWII does a remarkably good job of outlining the war in only 600 pages Although English, Keegan impresses me with his relative impartia Picked this up at the sale room at the Hayward, Wisconsin public library last summer.John Keegan is primarily a military historian, someone familiar to me from other publications He writes, in my experience, at a level above that of popular historians while still remaining accessible to lay readers willing to think a little bit This survey of both theatres of WWII does a remarkably good job of outlining the war in only 600 pages Although English, Keegan impresses me with his relative impartiality in describing the motives and mindsets of the war s principals He is critical of the German and Soviet dictatorships as such, but such occasional criticism is muted This truly is a creditable attempt at objective scholarship.Personally, I found the descriptions of military operations to be often tedious, but such must be expected of an author who teaches at a military academy More interesting are his treatments of the economic and technological factors of the war This is an excellent one volume telling of the Second World War, within its historical context, with a heavy emphasis on the strategic questions and decisions faced by the political and military high commands of the five major powers Keegan doesn t consider Italy a major power A long time instructor at Sandhurst in Britain, Keegan brings to this work an ability to link the conflict within the historical flow of Europe and modern Asia, going as far back as time of Charlemagne, but especially e This is an excellent one volume telling of the Second World War, within its historical context, with a heavy emphasis on the strategic questions and decisions faced by the political and military high commands of the five major powers Keegan doesn t consider Italy a major power A long time instructor at Sandhurst in Britain, Keegan brings to this work an ability to link the conflict within the historical flow of Europe and modern Asia, going as far back as time of Charlemagne, but especially emphasizing how the rise of Prussia in the 1700 s led to the awful events of 1939 1945.The center of the conflict, for Keegan, especially to the awful nature that led all sides to jump all in the worst war in human history, was with Hitler While German militarism and its failure after World War I was the fuel for WWII, it simply would not have happened were it not for Hitler s fantasies of German expansion and superiority Told in about 600 pages, the writing is tight and points, loaded with meaning are made so quickly and often so well, that the reader does not notice until later That the Nazi s rose so quickly and led a populace so willing seemed surprising at the time, but in the context that Keegan puts it into, does not seem surprising at all.The book is divided into five sections, with initial section chapters about the strategic dilemmas faced by the leaders of the five great powers at different phases of the war As a result, Keegan places a heavy emphasis on strategy, command and control, supply chain management and home front economics and he makes all of that very interesting So the reader will not get a shot by shot retelling of every battle For example, the month long blood bath on Iwo Jima gets just a couple of paragraphs, but the reader will come away with a greater understanding of why Iwo Jima was fought, and what its fall to the Americans meant to the rest of the war.Some reviewers have criticized Keegan for writing too much about the European War, in comparison to the Pacific War, and in a one volume, six hundred page book, choices did have to be made But in this case, it seems a proportional emphasis on Europe, especially the Eastern front war between the Soviets and the Germans was right Over 600 armed divisions fought between 1941 and 1945 in the east, with over 10 million dead Excluding the Japanese military occupation of China, less than 20 total armed divisions fought the Pacific War, not including naval forces.For a reader wanting a well written, one volume account of World War II, where the conflict is placed in historical conflict, Keegan s book cannot behighly recommended This is the unabridged reading of The Second World War by John Keegan The book was published in 1989, and this audio book was produced by Books on Tape, Inc in 1990 and has 6 parts and 33 chapters Read by Bill Kelsey.TABLE OF CONTENTSPROLOGUEChapter 1 Every Man a SoldierChapter 2 Fomenting World WarPART I THE WAR IN THE WEST 1940 1943Chapter 3 The Triumph of BlitzkriegChapter 4 Air Battle The Battle of BritainChapter 5 War Supply an This is the unabridged reading of The Second World War by John Keegan The book was published in 1989, and this audio book was produced by Books on Tape, Inc in 1990 and has 6 parts and 33 chapters Read by Bill Kelsey.TABLE OF CONTENTSPROLOGUEChapter 1 Every Man a SoldierChapter 2 Fomenting World WarPART I THE WAR IN THE WEST 1940 1943Chapter 3 The Triumph of BlitzkriegChapter 4 Air Battle The Battle of BritainChapter 5 War Supply and the Battle of the AtlanticPART II THE WAR IN THE EAST 1941 1943Chapter 6 Hitler s Strategic DilemmaChapter 7 Securing the Eastern SpringboardChapter 8 Airborne Battle CreteChapter 9 BarbarossaChapter 10 War ProductionChapter 11 Crimean Summer, Stalingrad WinterPART III THE WAR IN THE PACIFIC 1941 1943Chapter 12 Tojo s Strategic DilemmaChapter 13 From Pearl Harbor to MidwayChapter 14 Carrier Battle MidwayChapter 15 Occupation and RepressionChapter 16 The War for the IslandsPART IV THE WAR IN THE WEST 1943 1945Chapter 17 Churchill s Strategic DilemmaChapter 18 Three Wars in AfricaChapter 19 Italy and the BalkansChapter 20 OverlordChapter 21 Tank Battle FalaiseChapter 22 Strategic BombingChapter 23 The Ardennes and the RhinePART V THE WAR IN THE EAST 1943 1945Chapter 24 Stalin s Strategic DilemmaChapter 25 Kursk and the Recapture of Western RussiaChapter 26 Resistance and EspionageChapter 27 The Vistula and the DanubeChapter 28 City Battle The Siege of BerlinPART VI THE WAR IN THE PACIFIC 1943 1945Chapter 29 Roosevelt s Strategic DilemmaChapter 30 Japan s Defeat in the SouthChapter 31 Amphibious Battle OkinawaChapter 32 Super Weapons and the Defeat of JapanChapter 33 The Legacy of the Second World War John Keegan is most likely the pre eminent military historian in the English speaking world One of the things I appreciate, about his writing, is he does not try to overwhelm the reader with details Many historians seem to want to impress the reader with their research Even Keegan s bibliography is limited to 50 books which he describes in a three page summary at the back of the book.I thought I knew all there was to know about WWII Wrong I learnedabout the Eastern Front between Russi John Keegan is most likely the pre eminent military historian in the English speaking world One of the things I appreciate, about his writing, is he does not try to overwhelm the reader with details Many historians seem to want to impress the reader with their research Even Keegan s bibliography is limited to 50 books which he describes in a three page summary at the back of the book.I thought I knew all there was to know about WWII Wrong I learnedabout the Eastern Front between Russia and Germany than I expected to I also was exposed to Keegan s insights on a number of events that I had the wrong idea about Among the myths about the war that Keegan explodes are the battle for Crete, the Japanese allocation of troops to China versus the islands, Hitler s Balkan strategy, the effectiveness of carpet bombing, the contribution of the various resistance movements to the war effort, Roosevelt s war management style, the reasons for the decision to drop the atomic bomb and others One of the most surprising conclusions is how much less energy was put into the War against Japan than against Germany Not that I didn t know that Germany First was the Allies, over all strategy but I had no idea how big the difference was in the allocation of resources and the scope of the war effort If you are interested in a manageable, well written, accurate history of WWII, you will find it in this book Historian John Keegan packed all of the Second World War in one book of 595 pages and did it well Granted, there were certain battles that were shortchanged or not mentioned at all but that is bound to happen when both the European and Pacific theaters are being covered He divides the book into each theater and gives fairly short but concise histories of how Germany and Japan planned for war and why And, thank heavens, he provides maps for the major events such as Operation Barbarossa and the Historian John Keegan packed all of the Second World War in one book of 595 pages and did it well Granted, there were certain battles that were shortchanged or not mentioned at all but that is bound to happen when both the European and Pacific theaters are being covered He divides the book into each theater and gives fairly short but concise histories of how Germany and Japan planned for war and why And, thank heavens, he provides maps for the major events such as Operation Barbarossa and the Japanese southern drive.This is a book which should be read as a preface for books on specific aspects of WWII and is a good place for the novice to begin It is the big picture of the war and the writing is fluid and interesting I would recommend it My first serious introduction to WWII, read in 2015 John Keegan in The Second World War gives the reader an excellent and balanced one volume analysis of this crucial historical conflict At 500 plus pages, it is not a short read However, it is presented with a clear prose and provided me, as a beginner, enough material to understand the events and inspired me for further readings My first serious introduction to WWII, read in 2015 John Keegan in The Second World War gives the reader an excellent and balanced one volume analysis of this crucial historical conflict At 500 plus pages, it is not a short read However, it is presented with a clear prose and provided me, as a beginner, enough material to understand the events and inspired me for further readings