This is by far the best book i have read about World War II.
It covers both the European and the Asian wars.
It provides vivid depictions of Hitler and Stalin, not to mention Churchill
It is also a powerful source to realize the brutality and ferocity of the
soldiers, especially Japanese, German and Soviet soldiers.
It is common to count casualties, not so common to count the number of women
who were raped, but millions of women were raped during this war, many of
them multiple times, many of them later killed, and many of them were children.
If you have the stomach to revisit the horrors of that war, this is the
I am not completely convinced that the men who perpetrated those crimes were
unusually evil. I am not completely convinced that this could never happen
again. In fact, all it took was 19 kids armed with paper-cutters for the
USA to reinstate torture. And Islamic terrorists all over the world are
committing most of the same barbaric acts in the name of a medieval
My summary of World War II is here.