Inferno The World at War, 1939-1945

ISBN-10: 0307273598

ISBN-13: 9780307273598

Edition: 2011

Authors: Max Hastings

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An indelible account of what World War II was like for the people who experienced it, from soldiers at the front to civilians both near and far from the fighting, to the generals and political leaders making the decisions that affected the lives of millions.While other great histories of the war have focused primarily on generals and politicians, Inferno is unique in its portrait of everyday people--of American and British housewives, Soviet infantrymen, Indian peasants, and Luftwaffe crew. Max Hastings provides a singularly intimate account of the war. But the larger context is here, too: Hastings widens his focus to explain the geopolitics and larger strategic considerations of the war, from Hitler's refusal to retreat in Russia until it was too late, to Stalin's ruthlessness in using his greater population to wear down the Germans, to Churchill's leadership in the dark days of 1940 and 1941, to Roosevelt's steady leadership before and after the United States entered the war. Flawlessly written and bracingly opinionated and argued, Inferno is a new and essential understanding of one of the most significant events of the twentieth century.
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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/1/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 752
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 2.25" tall
Weight: 2.684
Language: English

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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