Originally published under the title Total War, this acclaimed analysis of the causes and courses of the Second World War has stood the tests of time and criticism.
'The best single-volume account of the conflict since it first appeared in 1972... Not the least of this splendid volume's merits is its comprehensive and moving account of the terrible costs of the war in material destruction and suffering.'
Brian Bond and Michael Dockrill, British Book News
'Combines elegance of style with mastery of the subject... it retains its pre-eminent position.'
Lawrence Freedman, Sunday Times