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  • Published: 31 August 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446496497
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 528

The Second World War




An outstanding history of the Second World War by one of our most distinguished historians.

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.

  • Pub date: 31 August 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446496497
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 528

About the Author

John Keegan

John Keegan is the Defence Editor of the Daily Telegraph and Britain's foremost military historian. The Reith Lecturer in 1998, he is the author of many bestselling books including The Face of Battle, Six Armies in Normandy, Battle at Sea, The Second World War, A History of Warfare (awarded the Duff Cooper Prize), Warpaths, The Battle for History, The First World War, and most recently, Intelligence in War. For many years John Keegan was the Senior Lecturer in Military History at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, and he has been a Fellow of Princeton University and Delmas Distinguished Professor of History at Vassar. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He received the OBE in the Gulf War honours list, and was knighted in the Millennium honours list in 1999. John Keegan died in August 2012.

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Praise for The Second World War

“As a military historian (John Keegan) has a remarkable capacity to appreciate both the political context of the war and its immediate meaning for those caught in the heat of battle. . . . The war is divided into three theatres - Western and Eastern Europe and the Pacific - up to 1943, and from 1943-1945. In each theatre and at each stage he opens with the strategic dilemma confronting one of the key actors and then takes a particular battle to illustrate the changing character of warfare. . . . lucid, informed and authoritative.”

Sunday Times

“In this magnificently illustrated volume, our most original military historian gives the whys and wherefores of war as well as the blood and guts.”

Mail on Sunday

“'John Keegan's history of World War II stands above the competition. '”

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