I had reservations when I heard that Antony Beevor had turned his hand to writing a history of the whole of the Second World War. I love his accounts of Stalingrad and the fall of Berlin. But it wasn't obvious to me that the same formula would work. Usually he gives enough background to understand what was at stake and then looks at how individuals caught up in these big events coped with them. Would this work on a larger scale?
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