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  • Majestic and original ... Overy has written many fine books, but Blood and Ruins is his masterpiece. At almost 1,000 pages, it puts all previous single-volume works of the conflict in the shade.

    Saul David, The Times
  • This book is Richard Overy's magnum opus (in every sense of the phrase) ... It would be difficult to overstate the brilliance with which argument and insight are interwoven in a fast-paced narrative ... Extraordinarily compelling, and written with remarkable fluency.

    John Darwin, Times Literary Supplement
  • Monumental... [A] vast and detailed study that is surely the finest single-volume history of World War Two.

    Wall Street Journal
  • This is a magnificent book that reflects the deep scholarship and humane judgment of a magisterial historian.

    The Economist
  • Let's praise Overy's stupendous achievement. Anybody interested in the why and how of boundless violence in the 20th century should make space for Blood and Ruins on his or her shelf. It will help you to grasp and revisit the carnage of 1931-45 as the largest event in human history. This book is not Eurocentric, but truly geocentric ... it is history at its best.

    Josef Joffe, New York Times
  • Richard Overy has produced one of the most stunning accounts of the Second World War and the events that led up to it.

    Simon Heffer, Daily Telegraph Books of the Year 2021
  • A magisterial new history ... remarkable in span, depth and scholarship, impressive in sweep and vision, that rightly sees WW2 as starting in China in 1931 and recasts the conflict as a distorted sequel to an earlier epoch.

    Simon Sebag Montefiore, Aspects of History
  • A truly global view of World War II ... perhaps the single most comprehensive account of the Second World War yet to appear in one volume. You might think that by reading extensively, you could construct a book like this one. You could not ... Richard Overy has done a signal service with this compellingly written, impressively researched book.

    Rana Mitter, The Critic
  • Recasting World War Two as the logical continuation of decades of imperial growth and territorial ambition, this new exploration of the conflict is expansive in its geographical and chronological scope. Yet it never loses sight of the very human cost of that ambition ... A weighty, important take from a leading author in the field.

    History Revealed
  • His masterly synthesis of the war's vast literature and sources has never been bettered. ... it is unflagging and consistently illuminating.

    Geoffrey Roberts, Irish Times

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