World War Two

World War Two

A Short History

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Baker & Taylor
Stone--one of the greatest living historians of the 20th century--provides an unprecedentedly concise, utterly authoritative account of the deadliest war of human history. Over 60 million people perished in World War Two, and the story of how the conflict roared to life from the ashes of the Great War is shocking, tragic, and also completely preventable in hindsight.

Perseus Publishing
After the unprecedented destruction of the Great War, the world longed for a lasting peace. The victors, however, valued vengeance even more than stability and demanded a massive indemnity from Germany in order to keep it from rearming. The results, as eminent historian Norman Stone describes in this authoritative history, were disastrous.

In World War Two, Stone provides a remarkably concise account of the deadliest war of human history, showing how the conflict roared to life from the ashes of World War One. Adolf Hitler rode a tide of popular desperation and resentment to power in Germany, promptly making good on his promise to return the nation to its former economic and military strength. He bullied Europe into giving him his way, and in so doing backed the victors of the Great War into a corner. Following the invasion of Poland in 1939, Britain and France declared war on Germany—a decision that, Stone argues, was utterly irrational. Yet Hitler had driven the world mad, and the rekindling of European hostilities soon grew to a conflagration that spread across the globe, fanned by political and racial ideologies more poisonous—and weaponry more destructive—than the world had ever seen. With commanding expertise, Stone leads readers through the escalation, climax, and mournful denouement of this sprawling conflict.

World War Two is an invaluable contribution to our understanding of the twentieth century and its defining struggle.

Book News
This detailed yet accessible history for general readers begins with the interwar period, then gives background on events in Europe and the chain of events leading up to the war. Stone (director, the Turkish-Russian Center, Bilkent University) covers key figures and political movements as well as battles and invasions, and offers insight on the Holocaust and the atomic bomb attacks on Japan. He explains how peace was achieved, discusses the economic aftermath of the war, and describes the post-war roots of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. The book includes nine b&w photos, plus maps. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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A concise history of the Second World War profiles a post-World War I Europe desperate for stability; traces the rapid rise of Hitler; and analyzes the ideologies and weaponry that shaped conflicts.
A concise and authoritative history of the Second World War by an award-winning historian and author of The Eastern Front: 1914-1917 profiles a stability-desperate, post-World War I Europe; traces the rapid rise of Hitler and analyzes the ideologies and weaponry that shaped conflicts.

Publisher: New York : Basic Books, c2012
ISBN: 9780465013722
Characteristics: xxvi, 238 p. : ill., maps ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: World War 2


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