At the conclusion of WW II Winston Churchill was asked how he expected to be treated by the future historians of that war. His answer was very well for the reason that he intended to write it himself. Which he did in several well written volumes, all of which I read. And hundreds of other books on the subject ranging from overall histories, to specific battles, individual units, nations, weapons, memoirs, biographies and on and on ad infinitum. And now there is a recent book with a fresh and new appeal. The book is English author Andrew Roberts The Storm of War.
Roberts, a biographer as well as a historian, is a great writer story teller in the more recent style of commercially successful historians. We get the details old and newly discovered but not too many to make it boring or tedious. All this by telling the story in terms of great and/or interesting personalities and high drama. I might also add the book is “only” six hundred pages long which is amazing considering that it's complete and coherent. It is hard to imagine a better-told military history of World War II.If you don’t know as much about World War II as you think you ought to, or if you want a good, clear picture of how and why it took place as it did and want it in a single book, The Storm of War is as good as it gets. Roberts’ chapter on the Holocaust, for example, is brilliant and harrowing, he leaves nothing out, but he manages to get it all into 30 pages: a miracle. I definitely recommend it.