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The Second World War

The Second World War (Hardcover)

By Author : Antony Beevor 
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In June 1944, a young soldier surrendered to American paratroopers in the Allied invasion of Normandy. At first his cators thought that he was Japanese, but he was in fact Korean. His name was Kyougjong Yandg. In 1938, at the age of eighteen, Yang had been forcibly conscipted by the Japanese into their Kwantung Army in Manchuria. A year later, he was captured by the Red Army after the Battle of Khalkin gol and sent to a labour camp. The Soviet military authorities, at a moment of crisis in 1942, drafted him along with thousands of other prisoners into their forces. Then, early in 1943 he was taken prisoner at the Battle of Karkov in Ukraine by the German army. In 1944, now in German uniform, he was sent to France to serve with an Ostbataillon supposedly boosting the strength of the Atalantic Wall at the base of the Cotentin Peninsula inland from Utah Beach. After time in a prison camp in Britain, he went to the United States where he said nothing of his past. He settled there and finally died in Illinois in 1992. In a war which killed over sixty million people and had stretched around the globe, this reluctant veteran of these Japanese, Soviet and German armies, had been comparatively fortunate. Yet Yang remains perhaps the most striking illustration of the helpness of most ordinary mortals in the face of what appeared to be overwhelming historical forces. This was a war that would change the world, for ever. The Second World War began in August 1939 on the edge of Manchuria and ended there exactly six years later with the Soviet invasion of northern China. The war in Europe appeared completely divorced from the war in the Pacific and China, and yet events on opposite sides of the world had profound effects. Using the most up-to-date scholarship and research, and writing with clarity and compassion, Beevor assembles the whole picture in a gripping narrative that extends from the North Atlantic to the South Pacific, from the snowbound steppe to the North African Desert, to the Burmese jungle, SS Einsatzgruppen in the borderlands, Gulag prisoners drafted into punishment battalions, and to the unspeakable cruelties of the Sino-Japanese War. Moral choice forms the basis of all human drama, and no other period in history has presented greater dilemmas both for leaders and ordinary people, nor offered such examples of individual and mass tragedy, the corruption of power politics, ideological hypocrisy, the egomania of commanders, betrayal, perversity, self-sacrifice, unbelievable sadism and unpredictable kindness. Although filling the broadest canvas on a heroic scale, Beevor's The Second World War never loses sight of the fate of the ordinary soldiers and civilians whose lives were crushed by the titanic forces unleashed in this, the most terrible war in history.


Selling Points :

• Antony Beevors most ambitious work to date - the synthesis of a lifetimes work.
• A gripping narrative that throws fresh light on the most terrible war in human history.
• His multi-award-winning, bestselling books have appeared in thirty foreign editions and sold over four million copies."
• Antony Beevor is the UK's most popular historian of the Second World War
• Nobody knows better than beevor how to translate the dry stuff of military history into human drama of the most vivid and moving kind Max Hastings, Sunday Times.
• His singular ability to make huge historical events accessible to a general audience recalls the golden age of british narrative history Boyd Tonkin, Independent.
• Beevor can be credited with single - handedly transforming the reputation of military history. David Edgar, Guardian

About the Author :

Antony Beevor is a former British soldier, historian and author. He writes both fiction and non-fiction, all about various aspects of war, and mostly about World War Two. He is perhaps best known for his book, Berlin: The Downfall 1945. A vivid account of the end of the Nazi regime, it drew stinging criticism from Russian academics, keen to hold on to the ideal of the heroic, liberating Red Army. Beevor researched several documents and first hand accounts from archives released by the Russians themselves, so it would be fair to say that some historians need to take a more objective view of history, just as Antony has done with his books. Antony is also a visiting professor and the University Of London (History, Archaeology and Classics). He trained as the famed Sandhurst academy, and was an officer in the 11th Hussars before leaving the military. He comes from a long line of (female) authors, including grandmother Lina Waterfield, herself a descendant of Lucie Duff-Gordon. His mother Carinthia Jane Waterfield wrote A Tuscan Childhood under the name 'Kinta' Beevor.


Book Details

Title: The Second World War
Publisher: Orion
Author: Antony Beevor
Edition: Hardcover
Language: English
ISBN: 0297844970
EAN: 9780297844976
No. of Pages: 880
Binding: Hardcover
Deliverable Countries: This product ships to India, Sri Lanka.

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