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The Second World War

The Second World War Book Review

By Rachel E. Veres

Date of Review October 2018 Title The Second World War
Author Paul Collier, Dr. Alastair Finlan, Mark J. Grove, Philip D. Grove, Dr. Russell A. Hart, Dr. Stephen A. Hart, Dr. Robin Havers, David Horner and Geoffrey Jukes Publisher Osprey Publishing
Published 2018 ISBN 9781472833938
Format 366 pages, hardbound MSRP (USD) $35.00

Review

Osprey's The Second World War offers readers an abridged and focused account from previously published Osprey Essential History publications written by distinguished experts. 

Following a forward by Sir Mark Hastings, introduction and chronology, authors Paul Collier, Dr. Alastair Finlan, Mark J. Grove, Philip D. Grove, Dr. Russell A. Hart, Dr. Stephen A. Hart, Dr. Robin Havers, David Horner and Geoffrey Jukes delve into each theater's devastating and extraordinary events.

However, as engrossing as this book is, The Second World War's narrativeis rather disproportionate. It devotes four chapters to the European Theater of Operations versus only one dedicated to the Pacific Theater of Operations' entirety.

A chapter discussing WW2's aftermath, a bibliography and index concludes this informative tome.

Over 250 historical photographs and campaign maps complement Osprey's publication.

Minor criticism aside, The Second World War is a worthy edition for history novices.  

With thanks to Osprey Publishing for the review copy!