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  1. Blood, Tears and Folly: An Objective Look at World War II
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  2. Blood, Tears and Folly: An Objective Look at World War II

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Drawing on the author’s deep understanding of military life and the strengths and frailties of politicians and generals, this is a myth-puncturing analysis of the advent of the Second World War.

‘Blood, Tears and Folly’ offers a sweeping and compelling historical analysis of six theatres of war: the Battle of the Atlantic, Hitler’s conquest of western Europe, the war in the Mediterranean, the battle for the skies, Operation Barbarossa and the German assault on Russia, and the entry of Japan into a truly global war.

This is the period during which the Allied powers were brought to the very brink of defeat. Deighton offers an unflinching account of the political machinations, the strategy and tactics, the weapons and the men on both sides who created a world of terror and millions of dead, of the Holocaust, and of nuclear devastation.

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This is a solid 4 stars if you have read a lot about WW2. It isn't a five because a lot of what you read will be stuff you already know about. However, as others point out, the author explains a lot of things that I hadn't read previously. For instance, Germany had a much bigger economy and capability to produce weapons during the war but didn't do so. Deighton's explanation is the infighting within military services and Hitler's reluctance to repeat the rationing the German public went through in WW1.

He also gives reasons why the Japanese didn't attack Russia instead of the other allies when going to war. I had read previous reasons which Deighton repeated but he added one I hadn't heard. It was that Hitler's non aggression pact with the USSR steered the Japanese away from a Russsian attack since he never shared his long term strategy with them.

Finally, he adds that the attack on the British bases in Asia was known in advance before Pearl Harbour... Read more
This noel seem to be documentary than a novel. The writer described towns, its people way of life, their concepts, etc. You may think that this would be real and sympathize the German as an innocent victims. I read almost all of Len Deighton's noels. "Winter ... " was his best. Dictatorship of Hitler ( and also General Tojo) were not only bring their people to agony but also to mankind anywhere in this world. What was happened in the past is now in Syria and else where. If there is no intervention from outsider. It would come to an end by itself. I have no intention to criticize politics. But to encourage new generations to read books and study history as lessons to guide them to the right way of life.
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