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The War in the West - A New History Audiobook

The War in the West - A New History: Volume 1: Germany Ascendant 1939-1941

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Publisher's Summary

Are you ready for the truth about World War Two?

In the first of an extraordinary three-volume account of the war on land, in the air and at sea, James Holland not only reveals the truth behind the familiar legends of the Second World War but he also unveils those lesser known events which were to have the greatest significance.

The first book to consider the economic, political and social as well as the military aspects of World War Two, this is a unique retelling of a monumental event in all its terrible and majestic glory.

Holland has spent over 12 years unearthing new research, visiting archives, battlefields and the very people who fought and lived through the conflict. He has, in his own accessible and inimitable style, written an account to redefine our understanding of the war. It is unlike anything else on the subject.

©2015 James Holland (P)2015 Random House AudioBooks (UK)

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  • R
    16/06/16
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    "Excellent"

    A well written history and a very good narrator. I enjoyed this book very much.

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  • Ian David Williamson
    6/06/17
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    "Refreshingly new view of World War 2."

    Enjoyed this review of World War 2 which cast a new light on what appeared as established truths. The lack of military awareness by the leaders of the Third Reich seems astonishingly naive and disastrous to the German people. Looking forward to the next installment.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lasse Eie
    12/08/17
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    "A new look on the war in the west"

    This book tells the story of the war in the west with a stronger emphasis on the business of war. How did the the different countries manage to produce and deploy the weapon, tanks, aircrafts etc needed to wage war. And how did this affect the fighting on ground, at sea and in the air. Plenty af close up combat stories and behind the seen rivalery too. Highly recomended. And the performance is at par with the story, the reader gets the forgin names etc right and has an inspiering drive to his voice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • S.M O'Neill
    16/06/17
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    "Awesome new history of a titanic struggle"

    Holland leaves no stone unturned in this comprehensive new history. Some fresh perspectives, especially on Britain's military performance, but occasionally a bit dry - could've done without the in-depth narrative, though worthy, of US industrial policy as America geared up to assist Britain in 1940-41. that said, a recommended and very interesting book. Excellent recording.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Iain Joynson
    24/05/16
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    "great"

    well read and a few things I didn't know. great for students covering ww2. covers a lot of theatres as well and gives a good balanced view.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Helen Lynch
    21/01/16
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    "Pleasure to listen to"

    Not the most technical history book, but well written and engaging for those interested but not obsessed with the history of the war.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • JOHN
    1/08/17
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    "WWll - Factual Account"

    This book will not be for everyone, it dissects the facts and data and presents it in a clear manner. No embellishment. The human interest appears in the excellent narration style (complete with accents, l particularly like the Italian). I enjoyed listening to this audible book and await the second part with interest and anticipation.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Alan R. Jenkins
    West Midlands, UK
    22/09/17
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    "Well Appraised View of WWII - Early"

    Stunning listen; well constructed and well delivered. A compendium of chronological key events intertwined with personal reflections and in some cases new information. Looking forward to next volume already.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Philip
    Craven Arms, United Kingdom
    17/09/17
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    "Outstanding modern view of the second world war"

    I've read many historical accounts of the second world war but few as informative as this. The economic perspective is neither boring nor irrelevant, in fact the author shows how this aspect was vital to winning - and why, despite the gloomy outlook of 1940/41, victory was actually never in doubt. Great narration too and a book I heartily recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • PDS
    London
    11/08/17
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    "Truly outstanding! A fresh look at WW2"

    An outstanding piece of work - this book shows ww2 in a new light and brings interesting points to the history of the period. Very well read with a clear structure - highly enjoyable. Looking forward to part 2 - already ordered!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • NickNock
    28/06/17
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    "A must listen for anyone interested in ww2 history"

    Fascinating insights into the circumstances surrounding the beginning of ww2 and the resulting effects on both the allies and the axis.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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