Inferno The World at War, 1939-1945

ISBN-10: 0307475530
ISBN-13: 9780307475534
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Authors: Max Hastings
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List price: $19.00
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/2/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 800
Size: 7.75" wide x 5.25" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.508

From one of our finest military historians, a monumental work that shows us at once the truly global reach of World War II and its deeply personal consequences.World War II involved tens of millions of soldiers and cost sixty million lives—an average of twenty-seven thousand a day. For thirty-five years, Max Hastings has researched and written about different aspects of the war. Now, for the first time, he gives us a magnificent, single-volume history of the entire war.Through his strikingly detailed stories of everyday people—of soldiers, sailors and airmen; British housewives and Indian peasants; SS killers and the citizens of Leningrad, some of whom resorted to cannibalism during the two-year siege; Japanese suicide pilots and American carrier crews—Hastings provides a singularly intimate portrait of the world at war. He simultaneously traces the major developments—Hitler’s refusal to retreat from the Soviet Union until it was too late; Stalin’s ruthlessness in using his greater population to wear down the German army; Churchill’s leadership in the dark days of 1940 and 1941; Roosevelt’s steady hand before and after the United States entered the war—and puts them in real human context.Hastings also illuminates some of the darker and less explored regions under the war’s penumbra, including the conflict between the Soviet Union and Finland, during which the Finns fiercely and surprisingly resisted Stalin’s invading Red Army; and the Bengal famine in 1943 and 1944, when at least one million people died in what turned out to be, in Nehru’s words, “the final epitaph of British rule” in India.Remarkably informed and wide-ranging,Infernois both elegantly written and cogently argued. Above all, it is a new and essential understanding of one of the greatest and bloodiest events of the twentieth century.From the Hardcover edition.

British journalist, editor, and historian Max Hastings was born on December 28, 1945. He was a foreign correspondent for BBC television and London's Evening Standard, for which he later served as editor from 1996 to 2001. Hastings also worked as editor and editor-in-chief of The Daily Telegraph. In addition to presenting BBC historical documentaries and writing numerous books of military history, Hastings has contributed to publications including the Daily Mail, The Guardian, and the New York Review of Books. He received the nonfiction Somerset Maugham Award for Bomber Command, as well as the Yorkshire Post Book of the Year Prize for both Overlord and The Battle for the Falklands. His title Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War made The New York Times Best Seller List in 2013. Hastings was knighted in 2002, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and from 2002-2007 was President of the Campaign to Protect Rural England.

List of Illustrations
List of Maps
Introduction
Poland Betrayed
No Peace, Little War
Blitzkriegs in the West
Norway
The Fall of France
Britain Alone
The Mediterranean
Mussolini Gambles
A Greek Tragedy
Sandstorms
Barbarossa
Moscow Saved, Leningrad Starved
America Embattled
Japan's Season of Triumph
"I Suppose You'll Shove the Little Men Off"
The "White Route" from Burma
Swings of Fortune
Bataan
The Coral Sea and Midway
Guadalcanal and New Guinea
The British at Sea
The Atlantic
Arctic Convoys
The Ordeal of Pedestal
The Furnace: Russia in 1942
Living with War
Warriors
Home Fronts
A Woman's Place
Out of Africa
The Bear Turns: Russia in 1943
Divided Empires
Whose Liberty?
The Raj: Unfinest Hour
Asian Fronts
China
Jungle Bashing and Island Hopping
Italy: High Hopes, Sour Fruits
Sicily
The Road to Rome
Yugoslavia
War in the Sky
Bombers
Targets
Victims
Masters and Slaves
Killing Jews
Europe Becomes a Battlefield
Japan: Defying Fate
Germany Besieged
The Fall of the Third Reich
Budapest: In the Eye of the Storm
Eisenhower's Advance to the Elbe
Berlin: The Last Battle
Japan Prostrate
Victors and Vanquished
Acknowledgements
Notes and References
Bibliography
Index

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