The Best World War 2 Books

All Hell Let Loose: The World at War 1939-1945 [Paperback]

World War 2 Books: All Hell Let Loose: The World at War 1939-1945

If you would like to read about World War II from the human perspective then this is the book for you. Written by Max Hastings it charts events from 1939 when the war started through to 1945 when it ended. This great book portrays in detail how the war affected everyone from soldiers, sailors and airmen right through to civilians including children.

It is interesting to read how different people in different countries were affected in very different ways. The Russian Front campaign features heavily describing the heavy losses that Germany suffered in terms of military personnel. Hastings praises the British and American forces, while at the same time he looks at how Britain relied on American supplies and arms (in his opinion) more than man power.

Hastings, former BBC Foreign Correspondent, writes with great insight as well as avoiding too much sentimentality just presenting the facts as he sees them. He spares us no gory detail showing the reader that this was indeed the war to end all wars.

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World War II: The Definitive Visual Guide (Dk) [Hardcover]

World War 2 Books: World War II: The Definitive Visual Guide

This World War II book is really unique as not only does it have comprehensive information regarding the Second World War but it also has a pictorial guide through many of the battles and weaponry used in the war. The history written about in this book looks at the people who lived through the war plus the events that influenced the shape of our world as we know it today.

Published by Dorling Kindersley who publish award winning reference books for adults buyers can be sure that this publication will be second to none when it comes to content, style and accuracy. The book covers from events leading up to the war through to the result and aftermath of the greatest war in history. It focuses on local events showing how hatred of certain types of people led to the mass destruction of whole races. All the main leaders in the conflict are covered as are improvements in technology that helped along the way.

This World War II pictorial publication cannot be recommended highly enough as it is packed with personal accounts told by people who were there plus superb photographs, some in colour, that have not been previously seen.

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Operation Mincemeat: The True Spy Story That Changed the Course of World War II [Paperback]

World War 2 Books: Operation Mincemeat: The True Spy Story That Changed the Course of World War II

The paperback edition of this true spy story is offered at a great price therefore is a bargain not to be missed. Written by author and historian Ben Macintyre it tells the story of Operation Mincemeat one of the Second World War’s most successful operations that changed the course of the war. This unique operation saved many lives and was branded unusual as the spy involved was in fact really dead.

Spies who worked under Winston Churchill left fake clues along with a trail of deceptive facts that misled the Germans and sent them on many wild goose chases. The operation set up a unique deception that began in England, moved to Scotland, then to Spain, Germany and eventually through to Hitler himself. The author puts together newly released information from MI5 with photographs, letter, diaries and personal accounts making it one of the most comprehensive publications regarding Operation Mincemeat ever written.

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Savage Continent: Europe in the Aftermath of World War II [Paperback]

World War 2 Books: Savage Continent: Europe in the Aftermath of World War II

This is not a book that charts the events of World War II but it does look at the aftermath or how the world was immediately the war ended. It is a frightening account of how people coped with the horrors that had gone before plus it is a story of vengeance and retribution. Many people were displaced, homeless, penniless and very bitter following the war and Keith Lowe captures the feelings of ordinary civilians and service people who survived.

Europe was a violent place following World War II with civilians being murdered by soldiers, prisoners turning on their guards, collaborators being punished horrifically by their own countrymen, rape, murder and even ethnic cleansing. Normally we see news reels of people celebrating in the streets when the war was over but not everyone in Europe had the luxury of doing this.

Savage Continent is a book that readers won’t want to put down once they begin to read it.  It is really compelling and gives an alternative view regarding the aftermath of war. Grim in parts it is also sympathetic and moving, while its characteristic honesty means it is a book not for the faint hearted.

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Between Giants: The Battle for the Baltics in World War II (General Military)

World War 2 Books: Between Giants: The Battle for the Baltics in World War II

Between Giants tells the story of how the Baltic States were occupied over and again by different armies engaged in the Second World War and the struggles the people went through in order to survive. Sandwiched between the armies of the Soviet Union and Germany, Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian people had to choose whether to collaborate and cooperate with their captors or whether to fight against occupation by joining resistance groups.

Prit Buttar the author of between Giants offers a superb account of the events that occurred during occupation plus the subsequent result, which was the lowering of the “iron curtain” which was to divide Europe for decades. There is plenty of information included that gives the reader a good insight into what the Baltic States were like pre-war, weaponry that was used during the conflicts and how life evolved under occupation. The book is a great narrative plus has some good illustrations and photographs to support the stories.

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