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This one was a long haul, but worth the time. I found it well organized and accessibly written - important qualities in a historical account of over 600 pages if the author hopes for his readers to see it through to the end. More significantly, it was eye opening. I don't consider myself naive about how over glorified America's contribution to WWII has been elevated. I've read Churchill, and I've read perspectives from Hungary and France, and certainly a cross section of American work. It's terr...
Having read one-third of the book, this is not a review. I have not abandoned it, but have put it back on the shelf and maybe get back to it in future. The first one-third didn't reveal much I didn't already know about WWII that has already been extensively covered on the second world war. I thought this book was supposed to be about after the war.The writing is factual and dry, and page after page of the massive death tolls does my head in.There are too many books I want to read on my to-read l...
книга була б на "5", якби не ляпи перекладу. адже це доволі детальний виклад подій 1944-1945 рр. в Європі: суміш політичної, соціальної та військової історій.
An amazing analysis of the wars-within-the-war, looking at the problems of countries trying to prepare for the postwar world. France was threatened by civil war between Gaullists and communists, Poland was already torn between its Western (London) and Soviet (Lublin) governments, Berlin was turning on itself, the US was busy with Okinawa and Southeast Asia, and none of the Allies could fully deal with any of the others. Best book I've read in a while.
A good read but it takes awhile! Diana West goes into much more details in her book American Betrayal concerning the American side of politics during this time but Gregor Dallas does a good job and he also delves into the different political movements in France, Great Britain, and Poland in great details. And of course how communist supported by Stalin had a hand in all of these.
Interesting. Well written. Leftist slant. Leftist Yale Univ. press. Written while at Leftist Princeton Univ.
Very good on the details, focused almost exclusively on Europe, so I kind of missed the aspects of the Pacific. I was very surprised to read of the tumultuous post-liberation period in France and was saddened by the details of the same period in Poland.
Takes a long time to actually get to 1945, but a powerful (though repetitive) re-cap up to '45, and passionate description of the failures of the "peace".
I think it's better than his "1918 War and Peace." And it led to Ceszlaw Milos!