12 years in the making, James Holland’s latest book The War in the West : Germany Ascendant 1939-1941 goes on sale today and is the beginning of a new three volume examination of the events of the Second World War.
This first book takes a look at the opening years of the war from a rather new vantage point – the operational level – and is blended well with the more traditional tactical and strategical levels. James excellently draws on a host of fascinating first hand accounts to offer a fresh new look at proceedings, as well as challenging many of the popular myths and perceptions about the war including British incompetence and unreadiness, and also Nazi Germany’s military superiority.
Without trying to give too much about this book away as it really is a page turner, it is far from your stereotypical history book charting the chronology of military proceedings. The true scope of James Holland’s examination is impressive, incorporating a wide breadth of social, political, economic and military factors and minute details that many people may ordinarily overlook. One chapter for example you could be learning all about British, French and German weaponry and military clothing, the comparison between them as well as what this says about those making them. Then in the next, you could be reading all about the war in the Atlantic and the troubles facing the Merchant Navy from Germany’s U-Boats.
This is one book not to be missed, a terrific and thought provoking read, it is brilliantly written and you will find it very hard to put down as you learn something new with every turn. I’m already reserving space on my bookshelf for the next two books as I eagerly await their release in what is sure to be an excellent trilogy.
“Impeccably researched and superbly written…Skewers a numbers of myths about the early years of the second world war…A mixture of captivating new research and well-considered revisionism” (Alexander Larman The Guardian)
“This brilliant, lucid and intimate history is a game-changer, the Second World War will never seem the same again. If you think you know the real history of the Second World War this book will astonish you: it renders other popular histories redundant” (Professor David Edgerton King’s College, London)
“James Holland is the best of the new generation of WW2 historians. His epic new venture convincingly challenges many received ideas about the war and draws some exciting new conclusions” (Sebastian Faulks)
“This book stands apart and for all the right reasons: Holland has something new to say. Every page is alive with a level of excitement and enthusiasm. Here is a perspective that turns on its head what I thought I understood about those astonishing years – filled with insight and detail” (Neil Oliver)
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