The Victors : The Men of  WWII, Paperback Book
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THE VICTORS is a breathtaking new work from bestselling historian Stephen E.

Ambrose. It follows the momentous events of the war from D-Day, 6 June 1944, through to the final days when the Allied soldiers pushed the German troops out of France, chased them across Germany, and, on 7 May 1945, destroyed the Nazi regime.

At the centre of this epic drama are the citizen soldiers, the boys who became men as they fought, proving eventually unbeatable.

Drawing from his extensive research for his previous bestselling books on the conflict, Ambrose creates one of the most exciting single-volume histories of the Second World War ever written.

THE VICTORS is a compelling celebration of military genius and heroism, and of camaraderie and courage.


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Superb overview of the WW2 story from D Day till the taking of Berlin. Very much from an American perspective however and very little about the British input.

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The back of this book proclaims it “The Definitive Single-Volume History of the Second World War”. While it is true that it is a single volume it cannot claim to be definitive.The book looks at the European Theatre of Operations and really only considers operations from the planning and execution of Operation Overlord (D-Day) onwards, and then largely from the perspective of the US GI (which is very reasonable as Ambrose is a US History Professor).The book is well researched, based on many first hand account of the War the Ambrose has gathered over 40 years of work. They are woven together into a very readable account of the Allied invasion of Europe through to the collapse of the Third Reich. He looks at most events from the perspective of Supreme commander Dwight Eisenhower and that on the Solders, NCOs and Junior Officers who carried out each campaign. There are little asides from the German point of view. Ambrose is very interested in making you aware of the hardships faced by the lower ranks rather than the overall strategy envisioned by high command – it is a book about the man on the ground.While it is a well written and easy to follow book it is let down by the lack of addressing the darker side of the War for both sides in the treatment of prisoners and killing on both sides. This omission fits with the overall thrust of the book – to the man on the ground, whom Ambrose clearly admires but not fitting with a definitive account of the war – or even the European Theatre of Operations.A book worth reading but not one that lives up to the back cover hyping.

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