The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War by Andrew Roberts is a comprehensive and detailed account of the Second World War. Written by British historian and journalist Andrew Roberts, the book covers numerous historical factors of the Second World War such as Adolf Hitler’s rise to power and the organisation of Nazi Germany as well as numerous missteps made by the dictatorial regime. The book has been praised by several publications such as The Daily Beast, The Economist, and The Observer. It also received the British Army Military Book of the Year Award for 2010.
The main theme of the book is how Axis strategy evolved. Roberts’s central question is why the Wehrmacht, the best fighting force, lost World War II. He examines the war in all its theaters: Asian, African and European. Roberts’s descriptions of soldiers and officers are masterly and humane, and his battlefield set pieces are gripping. He also looks at the political and economic problems of the German state and Churchill’s refusal to abandon the fight.
The book provides readers with a clear and accessible account of the war. It offers refreshing judgments on the politicians and commanders in lively prose and denounces the murder of millions of Jews. It is a magisterial new history of World War II and a brilliantly told military history of World War II.
What I Liked
I honestly thought that there was no way to add more to World War II history….but I thought that this book pulled it off.
It’s engaging, and ties so many threads together that it actually allows you to imagine what it was like during the war and why everyone made the decisions that they made.
A key lesson is that a World War can happen again. Actually – it will happen again.
What I Did Not Like
Not a whole lot – amazing book.