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Calvocoressi, Peter; Wint, Guy; Pritchard, John. Offers a detailed study of the sources of war in Europe and Asia, the impact of Nazism and the events that shaped the course of World War II in Europe and the Pacific. xxviii, 1315 pages, 80 unnumbered pages of plates : 25 cm.

Calvocoressi, Peter; Wint, Guy; Pritchard, John. Includes bibliographical references (pages 1243-1271) and indexes. The Western hemisphere - pt. I: The sources of war in Europe - pt. II: Hitler's wars: 1939-41 - pt. III: Europe under the Nazis - pt. IV: The middle game - The defeat of Germany: 1942-5 - Epilogue: The greater East Asia and Pacific conflict - pt. I: Asian conflict - pt. II: Ocean clash - pt.

Total war: The causes and courses of the Second World War. Peter Calvocoressi

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Peter John Ambrose Calvocoressi (17 November 1912 – 5 February 2010) was a British lawyer, Liberal politician, historian, and publisher. He served as an intelligence officer at Bletchley Park during World War II. Calvocoressi was born in Karachi, now in Pakistan, to a family of Greek origins from the island of Chios.

Total War: The Story of World War II. TOTAL WAR VOLUME 2: THE GREATER EAST ASIA and PACIFIC CONFLICT Paperback. The hardback is huge and heavy, but sturdy. As for the contents, it is a large overview done in the f1970's because (according to the author) even then people were forgetting the causes, details of, and ending of both the Atlantic and Pacific wars.

Curr If you have to read only one comprehensive history of the Second World War, this is it! The book is divided into two separate parts; the first is on the war in Europe and the second on the war in Asia. I enjoyed the full book, especially the second half as it put the Pacific War into perspective as a continuation of the Japan-China conflict which started in the late 19th century. Let's put it this way: there are 300 pages on the Sino-Japanese conflict before the attack on Pearl Harbor! Currently in print as "The Penguin History of the Second World War".

Total War : Causes and Cures of the Second World War by Guy Wint (1980, Paperback, Revised). Author: Peter Calvocoressi,Guy Wint ISBN 10: 0140214224. Напишите отзыв первым. Title: Total War: Causes and Courses of the Second World War (Pelican) Item Condition: used item in a very good condition. Will be clean, not soiled or stained. Показать все 5 объявления с подержанными товарами. Количество: 1 2. Купить сейчас. Продавец:awesomebooksusa (293970)98,8% положительных отзывовСвязаться с продавцом.

Originally published under the title Total War, this acclaimed analysis of the causes and courses of the Second World War has stood the tests of time and criticism.

John Pritchard, Peter Calvocoressi, Guy Wint. Place of Publication.

Penguin Books LTD. ISBN-10. John Pritchard, Peter Calvocoressi, Guy Wint.

Are you sure you want to remove Total war from your list? Total war. causes and courses of the Second World War Peter Calvocoressi and Guy Wint. by Peter Calvocoressi. Published 1972 by A. Lane, Penguin Press in . Written in English. World War, 1939-1945. Bibliography: p. -919.

Total War: Causes and Courses of the Second World War (with Guy Wint and John Pritchard), 1972. Major Ion Melville Calvocoressi was an officer in the British Army during the Second World War and later a stockbroker in the City of London. He was High Sheriff of Kent in 1978–79. The British Experience 1945-75, 1978. Freedom to Publish (with Ann Bristow), 1980. SIGINT is a contraction of SIGnals INTelligence. Before the development of radar and other electronics techniques, signals intelligence and communications intelligence (COMINT) were essentially synonymous.

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The book I originally bought was the paperback, and because of the size and relative age it quickly fell apart. The hardback is huge and heavy, but sturdy. As for the contents, it is a large overview done in the f1970's because (according to the author) even then people were forgetting the causes, details of, and ending of both the Atlantic and Pacific wars. It brings up countless issues in a well written and objective manner, as long as the reader is aware of the concerns of the historians of the 1970's, and therefore their implicit biases. Of most interest to me is the number of issues this British historian brings up that suggest issues with implications for today. For instance, just in the first half, on the war in the Atlantic, why do we blame appeasement of the late 1930's? What were the forces behind it? Did the Churchill dilemma of Ultra versus Conventry really happen? What kind of decisions should a leader make in such a situation? Why did Roosevelt dislike DeGaul, but accept a deal with the Vichy? What roles do personal likes and necessity play on the world's stage? How good was Goebbell's propaganda machine and why did it fool so many Germans? How necessary and effective was mass bombing? By being more concerned with looking at issues than solving historical problems for good, Calvolcoressi has created a well written tome that allows us to see that the real purpose of history writing is less to make us know history should always illuminate the human problems of the present.
This is probably the best-written history of WW2 that I have read (of the many I have seen since the 1970s). It is a single-volume work and so lacks some of the detail to be found in books that concentrate on particular aspects of the conflict (such as the war in Eastern Europe for which "Thunder in the East" is a good source). The style in which the book is written makes it a pleasure to read. Given that most of the dying took place in Eastern Europe, the authors should have spent more pages covering that part of the conflict; however, this detail bias occurs in many other standard books on the subject (for example in Liddell Hart's history or in the semi-autobiographical version of Winston Churchill). Even with that, I would concur with the reviewer who wrote that this is the best single-volume history of the war.
Older but still very useful overview of WWII.
A very good, detailed and thorough history. Invaluable reference for the origins of the Asian conflict.
This is a remarkably objective example of historiography. The book was written for a U.K. audience and gives a bit more attention to the British Empire than to the U. S., but the authors' exhibit a brilliant and dispassionate capacity for concise narration and penetrating analysis of underlying issues. Rather than "socialist," the book is generally moderately conservative. The New Deal is "semi-socialist" and American capitalism unfettered won the war, in their view. Socialists do not write thus.
(As an example of how things change, the hostile reviewer calls MacArthur "mediocre." M. was for two decades a Republican icon; at the time of his dismissal it appeared that he had the country in his grasp--at least to those in Ohio, where one then lived. John Birchers listened to recordings of his speeches. No fan of M's pre-old age politics, i agree that he was the most brilliant of Allied generals, winning economical victories against often superior forces. M. did make major errors. Inchon and North Korea are two poles of his career.)
C & W go straight to the essentials; those seeking detailed analyses of campaigns will need to go elsewhere, but few have done a better job of explaining the why and not just the how of WWII, as well as its consequences. They also illuminate their pages with apposite quotes from Sophocles to Shakespeare to Tolstoy and beyond. (Perhaps only socialists could be so effete as to cite Thucydides, etc.) This is a reminder of how good unbiased history can be.
This is a brilliant book considering the vast period of time and places that it covers. It is very well written and is easy to read. Most people who purchase this book will be people who are interested in the period and as such will inevitably have many other books on WW2 - as I do. The previous reviewer does not appear to like the political leanings of the authors however I did not notice this. Most of the book is about actual events not political ideas. I found it a great read and can thoroughly recommend it. If you happen to see anything that offends you then skip it and move on. I am sure that if you enjoy reading about this period of history that you will have biographies of all your favorite generals and you can compare notes. Not to read a book because you may disagree with some opinions of the author is nonsense. Read this book, it is great !
This book has one negative review, on which I commented. Go read what I said. Then buy this book. Why? Because it's the one book on WWII to read if you're going to read only one.

... Oh, and by the way -- I'm glad to see the price reduction. This one used to be around $100. So, if you're still wondering how good it could possibly be, just remember what it used to cost to own!!
I dislike the left-wing socialist interpretation of history that pervades the book. It's also pretentious, hostile to the USA, and sentimental over the "suffering" of Japan, Germany, and Nazi collaborators. Also, the book, perhaps because it is written by Britons, glorifies such a mediocre general as Montgomery. For good measure, it also unreasonably glorifies a self-dramatizing average American general: McArthur.