Reviews

  • The book is a superb work of research and synthesis, and with its predecessor it completes an account of the British war that will prove hard to surpass... Todman takes us to the threshold of the world in which we live in. One of the prime ordinances of history is that it should help those who read it understand why we are where we are, who we are and how we are. Todman achieves that goal magnificently.

    Simon Heffer, Daily Telegraph
  • The best one-stop shop for those wanting to understand our country during its last existential crisis ... epic, compendious, written with confidence and verve.

    David Aaronovitch, The Times
  • Magisterial. Virtually no aspect of British life is left untouched ... I cannot recommend this history highly enough.

    Keith Lowe, Literary Review
  • A stunning achievement, offering a new generation of readers and students an authoritative and original version of the greatest event in human history.

    Max Hastings, Sunday Times
  • This second volume is as skilful as the first ... Todman brings youth, energy, industry and, above all, rare historical talent to his formidable task.

    Peter Clarke, The Guardian
  • Deserves to become a classic ... Todman is superb at human detail; but he is equally at home discussing grand strategy, war economics, campaigning, socio-cultural aspects and the political-military interface... a magnificent book.

    Allan Mallinson, The Spectator
  • A staggering look at this country and the second world war... Todman is as good on the social aspects of the war as he is on the political and military. Both volumes come highly recommended.

    Paul Donnelley, Daily Express
  • Meticulously researched and densely detailed, shrewdly observed... excellent.

    Alan Allport, Wall Street Journal
  • Dan Todman has written a truly global history of Britain's Second World War. His second volume opens in December 1941. Even then, Britons knew that victory would come; not when, not at what cost, but they knew victory would be theirs one day. How they got there is at the core of this book. His account is particularly striking on the tides of war in the Middle East and in Asia; on the Labour party electoral victory of 1945, and on the origins of the Cold War. Fast-paced, accessible, comprehensive; in short, a triumph.

    Jay Winter, Charles J. Stille Professor of History Emeritus at Yale University

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