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All Hell Let Loose: The World at War 1939–1945
 
 
Author
Max Hastings.
Publisher Harper  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7.75 x 5 x 1.8 inches
ISBN 9780007450725
Pages/Publication Date 748/2011
Daedalus Item Code 41651
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Fully portraying the impact of war upon hundreds of millions of people around the world—housewives, farmers, and children as well as soldiers, sailors, and airmen—World War II historian Max Hastings chronicles the course of events but focuses chiefly upon human experience. He depicts the brutal Russian front, where more than 90 percent of all German military casualties occurred, and argues that, while Germany's army often fought its battles brilliantly well, the Nazi leadership conducted their war effort with "stunning incompetence." He also suggests that the Royal Navy and U.S. Navy were their respective country's outstanding fighting services, while the contribution of U.S. industrial might was more important to Allied victory than that of the U.S. Army.

"This is the book [Hastings] was born to write: a work of staggering scope and erudition, narrated with supreme fluency and insight, it is unquestionably the best single-volume history of the war ever written.... He writes with a wonderfully clear, unsentimental eye ... and has a terrific grasp of the grand sweep and military strategy ... but what makes his book a compelling read are the human stories.... At the end of this gruesome, chilling but quite magnificent book, you never doubt that the war was worth fighting."—Sunday Times (London)

 
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