A pacy, compelling and penetrating account from Wolfson Prize-winning author Norman Stone, that shows World War Two in a fresh new light
The Second World War is the nightmare that sits at the heart of the modern era – a total refutation of any notion of human progress and a conflict which still haunts us seventy years on.
Norman Stone’s gripping new book aims to tell the narrative of the war in as brief a compass as possible, making a sometimes familiar story utterly fresh and arresting. As with his highly acclaimed World War One: A Short History, there is a compelling sense of a terrible story unfolding, of a sceptical and humorous intelligence at work, and a wish to convey to an audience who may well have no memory of the conflict just how high the stakes were.
This is a beautifully written, clever and imaginative attempt to convey what can almost not be conveyed.