The Storm of War

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2011-05-17
  • Publisher: Harpercollins
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This is the first one-volume history of World War II that I'd really place in a category of reevaluation by an author who views the war from a comfortable distance in time, but then I'm not expert, not even, really, an amateur aficionado even though I've read a lot about the war, including biographies of the personalities and memoirs by the participants. Roberts' thesis is that the Allies did not so much win the war as Hitler lost it, in large part by making independent judgments based on intuition and ideology. He was not a military strategist and didn't trust anyone who was. The smarter his generals, the more likely he was to fire them, as he did von Rundstedt and Guderian more than once, or ignore them when he didn't like their advice as he often did von Manstein who was maybe his best strategist.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. xi
List of Mapsp. xv
Prefacep. liii
Prelude: The Pactp. 1
Four Invasions: September 1939-April 1940p. 15
Führer Imperator: May-June 1940p. 48
Last Hope Island: June 1940-June 1941p. 87
Contesting the Littoral: September 1939-June 1942p. 119
Kicking in the Door: June-December 1941p. 136
Tokyo Typhoon: December 1941-May 1942p. 185
The Everlasting Shame of Mankind: 1939-1945p. 219
Five Minutes at Midway: June 1942-October 1944p. 251
Midnight in the Devil's Gardens: July 1942-May 1943p. 281
The Motherland Overwhelms the Fatherland: January 1942-February 1943p. 315
The Waves of Air and Sea: 1939-1945p. 346
Up the Wasp-Waist Peninsula: July 1943-May 1945p. 375
A Salient Reversal: March-August 1943p. 409
The Cruel Reality: 1939-1945p. 429
Norman Conquest: June-August 1944p. 461
Western Approaches: August 1944-March 1945p. 491
Eastern Approaches: August 1943-May 1945p. 520
The Land of the Setting Sun: October 1944-September 1945p. 564
Conclusion: Why Did the Axis Lose the Second World War?p. 578
Notesp. 609
Bibliographyp. 648
Indexp. 677
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