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World war books

PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 11:10 pm
by Jez
Im a bit fictioned out at the moment and I was wondering about reading a good factual book. Has anyone here read any good world war 2 books, probably looking for couple of suggestions, one that covers the whole thing in decent detail, and maybe any suggestions on particular moments, events, or people. Thinking the likes of d-day or hitler etc.

Re: World war books

PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 11:28 pm
by deetz
Just bought All hell let loose - The World at War 1939-1945 by Max Hastings
Has received some very good reviews. Not read it yet but its the next book on my to read list. Dirt cheap as well. I think

If you're interested you may enjoy:
Castles Of Steel: Britain, Germany and the Winning of The Great War at Sea by Robert K Massie
and
Dreadnought: Britain,Germany and the Coming of the Great War by Robert K Massie
Both very interesting reads but they're about WW1 and the 30 or so year lead up to it.

Stalingrad by Anthony Beevor
Amazing stuff and really quite horrifying as well.

Armageddon: The Battle for Germany 1944-45 by Max Hastings
You can't really go wrong with people like Max Hastings or Anthony Beevor

Re: World war books

PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2012 7:32 am
by Jez
Those seem like just the things deetz thanks alot

Re: World war books

PostPosted: Sat Jul 28, 2012 9:36 pm
by deetz

Re: World war books

PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2012 6:03 pm
by Scrappy
Anything by Max Hastings is generally a brilliant read. Stalingrad is good as well, but a bit of a challenge.

Re: World war books

PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2012 6:40 pm
by Eny
The Railway Man by Eric Lomax is essential reading, it is a fantastic book accounting his experience on the Burma railway as a POW and his subsequent search for his captors and his journey of forgiveness. Incredible book to have in your library, and will be released as a film next year too.

Re: World war books

PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2012 8:13 pm
by Jez
I got a few of the recommendations there and they seem very good from the brief flick I've had through them. that Burma railway book sounds excellent eny will deffo give that a go.

Re: World war books

PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2012 12:13 am
by banapaulo
Not a WW2 book but The Dark Valley: Panorama of the 1930s gives a really good, detailed account leading up to the war, and helps give a better understanding of how the seeds were sown early on at Versailles and goes back and forth between each major nation involved. It is extensively researched but alive with detail, factual but with a strong narrative thread.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Dark-Valley ... 232&sr=8-1

Re: World war books

PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2012 11:35 pm
by Animalmother
Overlord: D-Day and the Battle for Normandy by Max Hastings is pretty excellent. Very well written and you realise what an utterly horrible mess the whole battle was.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Overlord-Normandy-Sir-Max-Hastings/dp/0671554352/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_11

Re: World war books

PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2012 6:59 am
by Jez
Yep bought that too. seems good aye.

Re: World war books

PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2012 7:54 pm
by Jez
Reading All hell let loose at the minute out of this bunch.

Very very well written its a little dry in the lead up to the main event but its very well written after that and im shocked at alot that i didnt know. I didnt know for instance that churchill had many french soldiers killed after the dunkirk evacuations from northern front, and in one instance ordered that the navy sink a french cruiser with 1300 men on it in english waters as he couldnt be sure what they might do.

I suppose i always thought that the UK/French relationship during the war was on a very level partnership but its incredible what we did to them and our shoddy role in the war build up in general - the UK was really quite devious, disloyal and unreliable.

Re: World war books

PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2012 10:29 pm
by deetz
You mean this? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attack_on_ ... K%C3%A9bir

I think its still a sore topic with the French. Not too surprising that.

I've still only read a couple of pages of All hell let loose. Keep getting side tracked by things

Re: World war books

PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 1:09 am
by Jez
Yes thats the one Deetz - really quite a cuthroat act i thought but then that was the sort of PM we needed in the day.

Cant wait to get to the bits where he may detail what strangehold the yanks put on us before they joined the war effort properly.

great book brilliant recommendation for anyone wanting to know more abou WW2

Re: World war books

PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 12:25 pm
by Snowy
Notes of a Russian Sniper is an excellent book, the very down to earth memoirs of Vassili Yaitsev, the sniper (shoddily) portrayed in the film Enemy at the Gates.

Different to the histories in that this is one man's perspective.

Re: World war books

PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 2:46 pm
by Jez
Cheers Snowy - im currently reading about that section of the war in my book, the sieges of Leningrad and Stalingrad and the almighty fuck ups by all sides in that part of the conflict. Very interesting indeed - see if this was how history at school was presented then i (and prolly everyone else) would have listened more.

Im definitely going to get a separate book in the pacific conflict as so far that's been really interesting to read.