The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won

Written by:
Victor Davis Hanson
Narrated by:
Bob Souer

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
December 2018
23 hours 31 minutes
A definitive account of World War II by America's preeminent military historian.

World War II was the most lethal conflict in human history. Never before had a war been fought on so many diverse landscapes and in so many different ways, from rocket attacks in London to jungle fighting in Burma to armor strikes in Libya.

The Second World Wars examines how combat unfolded in the air, at sea, and on land to show how distinct conflicts among disparate combatants coalesced into one interconnected global war. Drawing on 3,000 years of military history, Victor Davis Hanson argues that despite its novel industrial barbarity, neither the war's origins nor its geography were unusual. Nor was its ultimate outcome surprising. The Axis powers were well prepared to win limited border conflicts, but once they blundered into global war, they had no hope of victory.

An authoritative new history of astonishing breadth, The Second World Wars, offers a stunning reinterpretation of history's deadliest conflict.
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Mark G.

Thoroughly enjoyed the traverse through history. It was difficult for me to discern the topical structure and organization, but once I did I made more cohesive sense of the story. This is a very academic read.

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The book was excellent. Content may be better in written form because of the numerous references and parallels to events throughout history (some hard to process quickly and keep up with the audiobook). The negative for me was the narrator. I found him very distracting with audible deep breathing sounds (sometimes bordering on sounding like sighs).

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