Sunday, 7 July 2013


the Second World War by Antony Beevor (2012)

The Second World War was a 6 year long and the most devastating in history. Antony Beevor's book explains why and how the war started, and gives a detailed and chronological description of the events mixed with witness accounts. It is a great book which explains the unfathomable. From the rape of Nanking to the holocaust, not to mention the deaths of millions of soldiers and civilians. 

I can't say I enjoyed reading it, the events are too terrible and real, but I definitely liked Beevor's style. Although I think he focused too much on the details of some battles (like which division attacked which), he did a great job explaining the horrors of the war. The only thing I missed, was the mentioning of the war in Finnmark. I was surprised that it was completely left out, while other events in Norway was mentioned. But apart from that, I think all the other main events are in there, and I learnt a lot of new things. I really liked the story which opens the book, and I have used that as a starter when teaching the subject to the 14 year olds. 

A must-read for those who want to learn more about the Second World War!


  1. Tusen takk for et interessant innlegg om en bok mannen min har lest og også anbefalte varmt. Jeg må bare ta sats for å begynner, for jeg vet jo hvor grusomme disse hendelsene var.

    1. Ja, det er bare å begynne! Heldigvis så er det jo en bok som man kan lese over lang tid, jeg brukte vel tre måneder på den.


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