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Cry Havoc: How the Arms Race Drove the World to War, 1931–1941
 
 
Author
Joseph Maiolo.
Publisher Basic Books  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.4 x 1.5 inches
ISBN 9780465011148
Pages/Publication Date 473/2010
Daedalus Item Code 33889
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Was a series of arms races in the 1930s the primary cause of World War II? The author of The Royal Navy and Nazi Germany, 1933–1939 and winner of the Julian Corbett Award in Modern Naval History, Joseph Maiolo offers a startling reassessment. He explores how nations reacted to the moves of their rivals, revealing the thinking of those making the key decisions—Hitler, Mussolini, Chamberlain, Stalin, Roosevelt—and the dilemmas of democratic leaders who seemed to be faced with a choice between defending their nations and preserving their democratic way of life.

"As I am an old (critical) fan of A.J.P. Taylor's The Origins of the Second World War, it is great to read a replacement volume, written by Maiolo in the same trenchant manner, with the same refusal to endorse clichéd interpretations and with more determination to ensure accuracy than its predecessor."—Times Higher Education Supplement (London)

"Awash with trenchant insights and profound observations. This superb, multilateral analysis of the interplay between key leaders of the different states is based on an exhaustive use of sources from Britain, the US, France, Italy, Germany, the USSR and Japan—and Joe Maiolo reads all these languages, except for Russian. The language flows so smoothly and the words are so judiciously chosen that this is a riveting read."—Rusi Journal

 
 
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