Beginning with the image of an injured Corporal Hitler weeping over his nation's defeat in World War I and ending with America's belated 1990 peace treaty with a reunited Germany, this is a fast-paced yet informative account of the deadliest war in human history. The author of The Atlantic and Its Enemies has an eye for compelling details and presents a fresh, sometimes revisionist view of events, elevating his book beyond the level of a simple primer.
"Written in a precise, carefully modulated prose, World War Two is illuminating as well as often amusing.... This absorbing micro-history serves as a tonic to outsize histories, and is pleasingly digressive as well as wonderfully well written."—The Spectator