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Random House presents the audiobook edition of The War in the West: A New History: Volume 2 by James Holland, read by Leighton Pugh.

In the second volume of his acclaimed new history of the Second World War, James Holland examines the momentous turning points of 1941–1943: Hitler's invasion of Russia; America's entry into the conflict; the devastating Thousand Bomber Raids over Germany; the long struggle in the deserts of North Africa; and the defeat of the U-boats in the crucial Battle of the Atlantic.

As in his first volume, Germany Ascendant, he interweaves his account of the well-known events of the period with the personal stories of individuals caught up in them - on all sides. Through interviews, letters, diaries and reports, he allows us to see the war not just from the perspective of politicians, military commanders and strategists, but also through the eyes of civilians bombed out of their homes, resistance members stranded in the frozen Norwegian winter, sailors risking their lives in the Atlantic convoys, German aces striving for supremacy in the air, and ordinary soldiers battling for survival in the scorching sands of Libya.

He also looks behind the scenes at the all-important 'machinery' of war: the manufacturing, farming and vital supply lines that underpinned the entire conflict and ultimately determined its course. From the battlefronts on land, sea and air, to the streets, fields and factories of Britain, America and Germany, he paints a dramatic and compelling portrait of these pivotal years when the tide began to turn.

Combining his own research with only recently accessible archive material, Holland looks afresh at this cataclysmic conflict, reassessing long-held views and challenging conventional assumptions. The result is ground-breaking history that redefines the war in the West and makes us think again about the events that shaped our modern world.

©2017 James Holland (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks

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Epic

This being my first review for audible books, I must say, I am very impressed. the narrators range of voice and the moving description by James Holland, makes you feel as though you are transported back in time, sitting at your radio... and hearing these epic events in real time. Loved it.

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Can’t wait for Book 3.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it makes me realise that I know nothing about what happened during these two years of the war. James Holland certainly has the knack of making you want to learn more about World War 2. Role on the final instalment of this great trilogy.

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if you enjoyed the first you will enjoy the second

when I first started the series I was sceptical of the interwoven narrative but it has grown on me and now I am of the opinion that it really complements the operational history of the war in the west.

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  • David Benjamin
  • 04-01-2018

WW2 history at its best

2nd volume in this excellent history. a thrilling narrative that challenges some of the common conceptions about WW2. looking forward to volume 3.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-10-2017

Superb

An excellent account, well told and expertly narrated. Recommended for enthusiast and more general reader alike.

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  • Thomas
  • 27-02-2018

Exceptional performance of an immense tale

Considering the massive scope of the topic, the author and narrator do a superb job of carrying the reader along without getting lost. Fantastic.

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  • Rhysius
  • 28-02-2020

Sublime

Absolutely superb and unparalleled, detailed analysis of the major factors of world war 2 from individuals on the ground to the highest authority. Superbly narrated which is a rarity in non-fiction audio books. Thoroughly enjoyed and always looked forward to the next chapter, whenever I had the time, right to the end.

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  • Drew
  • 02-11-2020

Fantastic book, highly recommended but...

None of James Holland’s audiobooks have the chapter headings written into the files making it almost impossible to go back & find information again. Most other audiobooks are produced with chapter headings & subchapter headings too, & even mark the prologue so the chapter numbers of the book correlate with the track numbers on ones device. It would take no more than a few hours to enter this information & would be a welcome improvement.

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  • Nicole Jordan Gutierrez
  • 12-10-2020

Excellent

Just as comprehensive as volume one, loved every moment. James has a great ability to weave in first hand accounts which really bring to life the nature & humanity of this massive conflict. Really well read too.

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  • JCR
  • 07-08-2020

Many small inaccuracies

The author has made many mistakes of fact that are an annoyance. If he does not have the grasp of the subject it makes me think many if his opinions may be wrong. As an example he states Guderian was made chief of the general staff. That happened in 1944 not 1942

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  • Nigel
  • 09-06-2020

James Holland is a genius

After listening to volume 1 I couldn't wait for volume 2 and as always James Holland never fails to produce the goods. Another brilliant book in this trilogy, as before brilliantly researched, written and presented. Mr Holland hurry up with Volume 3 please

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  • Robert Koning
  • 13-05-2020

Excellent read

James Holland really provides a unique perspective and I find his writing to be right up my alley. The narrator is one of the better ones too, I wish he'd used him for all his other works. This and volume 1 are both superb.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-04-2020

Wonderfully informative

I found it a great listen , looking forward to the final part when released.

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