A War to be Won Fighting the Second World War In the course of the twentieth century no war looms as profoundly transformative or as destructive as World War II Its global scope and human toll reveal the true face of modern industrialized warfa

  • Title: A War to be Won: Fighting the Second World War
  • Author: Williamson Murray Allan R. Millett
  • ISBN: 9780674006805
  • Page: 181
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the course of the twentieth century, no war looms as profoundly transformative or as destructive as World War II Its global scope and human toll reveal the true face of modern, industrialized warfare Now, for the first time, we have a comprehensive, single volume account of how and why this global conflict evolved as it did A War to be Won is a unique and powerfulIn the course of the twentieth century, no war looms as profoundly transformative or as destructive as World War II Its global scope and human toll reveal the true face of modern, industrialized warfare Now, for the first time, we have a comprehensive, single volume account of how and why this global conflict evolved as it did A War to be Won is a unique and powerful operational history of the Second World War that tells the full story of battle on land, on sea, and in the air Williamson Murray and Allan R Millett analyze the operations and tactics that defined the conduct of the war in both the European and Pacific Theaters Moving between the war room and the battlefield, we see how strategies were crafted and revised, and how the multitudes of combat troops struggled to discharge their orders The authors present incisive portraits of the military leaders, on both sides of the struggle, demonstrating the ambiguities they faced, the opportunities they took, and those they missed Throughout, we see the relationship between the actual operations of the war and their political and moral implications A War to be Won is the culmination of decades of research by two of America s premier military historians It avoids a celebratory view of the war but preserves a profound respect for the problems the Allies faced and overcame as well as a realistic assessment of the Axis accomplishments and failures It is the essential military history of World War II from the Sino Japanese War in 1937 to the surrender of Japan in 1945 for students, scholars, and general readers alike.

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    1. How much I enjoyed reading this book: 2.65/5How valuable I think this book is to WWII military history: 4/5How great a source this would be for a paper on WWII military history: 5/5How glad I am that I finally finished this book, having persevered to the end despite classes being over: 7/5So I'm not a big fan of military history, preferring cultural, social, political, etc. much more. But I can't deny that this is a great history book (even though I didn't particularly enjoy it). There is a ton [...]

    2. Se trata de un libro estrictamente de historia militar. No hay en él reflexiones sobre la sociedad o la política de la época. Tampoco esperéis testimonios humanos al estilo de los libros de Antony Beevor. Aquí sólo hayaréis un compendio de las campañas militares y su desarrollo.Esto condiciona la lectura del libro: hay ocasiones en que la avalancha de datos sobre tal o cual división y si la punta de lanza cruzó tal río acaban saturando al lector. Pero al mismo tiempo da una guía para [...]

    3. -El Eje escribió una partitura y los Aliados acabaron interpretando la obra, al menos la mayoría de sus movimientos-. Género. Historia.Lo que nos cuenta. Monografía sobre la Segunda Guerra Mundial desde una perspectiva eminentemente militar, en el sentido más amplio de la palabra.¿Quiere saber más del libro, sin spoilers? Visite:librosdeolethros/

    4. The language is direct and I dug the conclusions the authors made because they go against most other histories of the war. Where this book stumbles a bit is in examining the Eastern Front and the early Pacific War and because they make some factual errors and the writing slacks off.

    5. One of the best works on WWII I have ever read. I originally bought this for a class, but had finished it before the half-way point of the semester. Not only is this book a great resource for scholarly historical research and the like, but it is also just an immensely fascinating work for anyone with an interest in history in general or with a focus on WWII. Yes, it focuses primarily on military history, but this does not limit its insight into the era as much as you may think. I recommend this [...]

    6. This is a very thorough look at World War II, examining strategy in detail and presenting the complex issues and personalities that drove the war forward. There is some authorial bias (I was rather amused by how snarky they were over Bradley) but for the most part it stays neutral. It's an extremely valuable resource if you want to study World War II.

    7. Brilliant! Even though I read this for a class, I enjoyed it very much. Definitely one of the best WWII books I've read.

    8. Another re-read; I read this some time ago and have learned a lot about WWII since then (I completed my PhD program in the interim). I think the book reads even better now than when I was less informed about the war. It presents a concise but clear and engaging narrative with a great deal of analysis interwoven throughout. Much of that analysis counters commonly held myths (some of which I did not know to be myths until fairly recently) - this probably explains why the second time through is goi [...]

    9. I had to read this book so fast for a class on World War 2 at American Military University that I don't feel as though I got the most out of it without the time to really contemplate things. That being said it is a great book, one of the better researched and comprehensive books on any war that I have ever read. This book is beyond worthy of admiration as far as great works of history go.Murray manages to remain as neutral and unbiased as just about anyone that I have ever seen. The book is pack [...]

    10. Williamson Murray and Allen Millet are two very accomplished military historians and excellent writers. In "A War To Be Won" they offer a very readable and comprehensive campaign history of the Second World War. They do a wonderful job of portraying key personalities involved in the conflict and strike an appropriate balance between setting the stage for what was happening diplomatically and tying the various campaigns together to present a cohesive and succinct history of the war. I believe tha [...]

    11. the main issue of the book is that the axis want to take over the world. the protagoests are the allies and the antitagonists are the axis. the book was about when the nazi ans japanis army want to take over the world and the allies didnt want them to. The amercans joined the war when the japanies attacked pearl harbor. The nazis stopped fighting in the war when the russian army made it to the reach and hitler killed himself. and when the japanis stopped therefor ending the war was when the amer [...]

    12. This was an exceptional one volume history of World War II. Mr. Murray does an good job in making the complex seem simple through his contextual analysis of strategic and operational decisions and events, and how these events impacted and related to other events in the war. When called for, Mr. Murray even goes down to the tactical level to illustrate examples. He effectively uses force, time, and space to illustrate the challenges faced by both the Axis and the Allies in prosecuting their strat [...]

    13. I have read several one volume histories of of World War II A World at Arms: A Global History of World War II, New Edition The Penguin History of the Second World War and would recommend this as a shorter but just as informative alternative. This was required reading for a course on World War II at Temple University in the Fall of 2011.

    14. This was what I expected from Murray and Millet. Every aspect of World War II was covered in great detail. I don't recommend this as a leisure read. I have had theses authors' other works assigned during courses of study and enjoyed their writing. I do have one issue with this book that makes it a 4 and not a 5 star review. The authors took liberties of opinion in a couple portions without proving the statement. for example, when introducing General George C. Marshall the authors write how Marsh [...]

    15. A great overview of the Second World War, covering all the major theaters of the conflict, and from all sides. The people of all countries involved suffered, some more than others, and it is brought out in this book. Other reviews on this title mentioned that it was a required reading on some college history courses, and I can see why, it was in depth as an overall history. I do take exception with the author's view on a couple entries concerning General Heinz Guderian and Hitler's view towards [...]

    16. Excellent! Willing to call a spade a spade: to say what went well and what did not, which leaders were ineffective, why the Allies won - and especially the contributions of the Soviets. And they have no doubt that the Germans and Japanese were war criminals. As someone who was a schoolboy during WW2, this helped me move beyond the public relations stuff.

    17. A thorough history of the military dimensions of the Second World War. I occasionally have views which stray from his, as I hold Hart's history in somewhat higher esteem. The author's let a thinly veiled American bias come through on a number of occasions. Nonetheless, this is a solid military history.

    18. I read this a few years ago but have since used it as a reference aide when fact-checking modern-day comparisons to WWII. Williamson Murray has his faults and the writing is not always clear, but this is in my opinion the best--possibly the only--single volume history of the war at this level of analysis.

    19. Lectura obligada en el tema SGMDe los pocos libros que en su solo tomo cubren todo la guerra de punta a punta, y que lo hace con una suficiencia notable.No se le escapa nada. Preguerra, post guerra, guerra en el Pacifico. Holocausto. Teatro Chino y Brimania. En fin. Los autores pasan por todos los puntos de la guerra.

    20. This book pulls together the big picture of World War II. I read it because I wanted to understand my father, who was a fighter pilot during the war. He died at 51 in a car wreck, long before those who fought in WWII began talking about their experiences. This helped me understand his war, one little part of the whole. It is a resource I will use as I write his life story.

    21. A very solid general history of World War II. Millett and Murray give appropriate weight to each theater, and provide generally balanced evaluations. They sometimes get a bit heavy-handed in their discussions, especially of MacArthur and Bradley.

    22. This book gives a very good general overview of military operations and battles in WWII. This book is a perfect compliment to Weinberg's A World at Arms, which covers everything about WWII (politics, economics, home-front, etc) but the battles.

    23. Loved it!! For the WW2 junkie this is absolutely a must for your bookshelf. Murray and Millett provide great information and viewpoints about the war, both the strategic and operational levels, and other contributing factors.

    24. One the most comprehensive reads of World War II that I have ever read. It was hard to get through at times but it covers all facets of the war. Highly informational but lower on the read for fun scale. 3 stars for the informational content and the research done on the book by Murray.

    25. This book is primarily a history of World War II military operations, including aerial & naval aspects. The authors treat all the major geographical areas of the conflict, most valuably the eastern European front.

    26. Very detailed overview of the fighting in World War II, though not on par with Gerhard Weinberg's A World at Arms. Nevertheless, I am sure this is a book that I will return to numerous times in my research.

    27. An excellent chronicle of World War II's military campaigns. The authors present a balanced account that finds fault and praise in how the war was conducted on both sides of the conflict, and give concise accounts of all the major battles. A good book for both historians and general readers.

    28. I have only read two 1-volume histories that cover World War II, this and John Keegan's The Second World War and this book is the better of the two. This book covers all the essential points. That is not to say it is perfect but the few very minor errors can be overlooked.

    29. Great play by play account of WWII in a chronological order. Highly recommend as a first book to read on WWII. More about war operations than political intrigues.

    30. Just started. So far so good. The first chapter provides a good foundation for the start of World War 2.

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