Author(s): Max Hastings
[This is Part 2 of a 2-part audiobook Cassette Library Edition.] World War II involved tens of millions of soldiers and cost sixty million lives--an average of twenty-seven thousand a day. For thirty-five years, Max Hastings has researched and written about different aspects of the war. Now, for the first time, he gives us a magnificent, single-volume history of the entire war. Through his strikingly detailed stories of everyday people--soldiers, sailors, and airmen, British housewives and Indian peasants, SS killers and Leningrad citizens, Japanese suicide pilots and American carrier crews--Hastings provides an intimate portrait of the world at war. He simultaneously traces the major developments and puts them in real human context. Remarkably informed and wide-ranging, Inferno is a new and essential understanding of one of the greatest and bloodiest events of the twentieth century.
Praise for Finest Years: 'I would choose this account over and above the rest. It is a fabulous book: full of perceptive insight that conveys all the tragedy, triumph, humour and intense drama of Churchill's time as wartime leader; and it is incredibly moving as a result' James Holland, Literary Review 'One of the best books ever written about Churchill!Hastings's efficient, soldierly prose marches along at a brisk pace and carries the reader with it. He has drawn on copious original sources and consulted experts familiar with them, enabling him to cast fresh light on familiar episodes!.a magnificent performance' Piers Brendon, Sunday Times 'The book's portrait of Churchill is scrupulously fair and often deeply moving!.in fact Hastings excels with all his character portraits, especially with Roosevelt and Stalin. Hastings is truly a master of strategy and high command' Antony Beevor, Mail on Sunday 'Hastings's brilliant!remarkable book!At a time when our politicians are mismanaging a foreign war, it has many invaluable lessons!.a timely as well as a judicious and important book' Michael Burliegh, Sunday Telegraph 'Brilliantly executed!this is a superb book, majestic in scope and depth, studded with insights and judgments that brilliantly illuminate great and terrible events' Evening Standard "This is a rich and rewarding book, the fruit of many years of reflection on the conduct of the war. It is enlivened by countless insights on matters great and small, and by a spare, tenchant style which holds the reader's attention throughout its 600 pages" The Spectator "A vivid, moving, warts and all picture of a leader who was determined to be a hero" David Cannadine, TLS, Books of the Year
Max Hastings is the author of several books, many about warfare. The most recent is the bestselling and critically acclaimed 'Nemesis'. In his early career as a correspondent, he reported on the 1982 Falklands War, experiences which he described in his memoir 'Going to the Wars'. A fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and an Honorary Fellow of King's College London, he was knighted in 2002.