The Tragedy of War in the Twentieth Century

eBook - 2015 | First edition.
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Publisher: New York, NY :, Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015.
ISBN: 9780062397829
Characteristics: 1 online resource : illustrations, maps
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Contents: Part I: Tsushima, 1905. The new century ; Port Arthur ; Into Manchuria ; Odyssey, followed by Iliad ; The battle at sea ; Peace
Part II: Nomonhan, 1939. Japan goes sour ; Zhukov, Sorge, Tsuji ; The incident
Part III: Moscow, 1941. General Summer ; General Winter
Part IV: Midway, 1942. The Kido Butai
Fortune tilts
Part V: Korea and Dien Bien Phu, 1950-1954. The American Caesar ; Echoes of Verdun.


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Oct 16, 2017

I rather liked this book, largely because I learned something new about something I thought I had already known pretty well (WW2). What I learned was the importance of Nomonhan for the Soviets in their entry into the war, and for Japan's decision to expand into the south for its drive to get resources. Brief portraits of important players, and the institutional cultures in which they operated are made as well as the actual sequence of events of the battles he discusses. Although there are several maps, it could have used many more in order to follow what he was talking about in narrating the events of the battles.

Dec 15, 2015

I haven't read this book, but I did read Horne's utterly crappy and non-factual book on Kissinger, they should jail this dude! [Excuse, me, Sir Dude!]

Dec 15, 2015

Alister Horne's review of several battles and campaigns seems superficial and with limited depth. Much of this can be found in more detail on Wikipedia. I did find the Japanese-Russian Siberian war (pre WW2) information interesting, but I think I reading Zhukov's biography might be better. British forces failures are all missing, like Suez and the WW2 failures of Montgomery with Market Garden and the Battle of Arnhem. Better books available. Sorry.


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