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  • Powerfully argued ... important ... this book actually alters our perspective of the Second World War

    Andrew Roberts
  • This fascinating, closely-argued book adds to our understanding of a terrible war

    Alan Massie
  • A compelling re-examination of the conflict ... Kershaw displays here those same qualities of scholarly rigour, careful argument and sound judgement that he brought to bear so successfully in his life of Hitler

    Richard Overy
  • A splendidly lucid and impeccably argued exposition of the greatest political decisions of the Second World War

    Max Hastings
  • How fortunate that it is Ian Kershaw bringing his immense knowledge and clarity of thought to the task ... brilliantly explained ... an immensely wise book

    Anthony Beevor
  • A tour de force

    Irish Times

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