Warlords: Summary and book reviews of Warlords by Simon Berthon, plus links to an excerpt from Warlords and a biography of Simon Berthon.
Warlords An Extraordinary Re-Creation of World War II Through the Eyes and Minds of Hitler, Churchill, Roosevelt, And Stalin
by Simon Berthon, Joanna Potts
Hardcover: Mar 2006,
Paperback: Apr 2007,
A fascinating "you-are-there" look at World War II through the lives of Hitler, Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin.
In a unique combination of innovative style and thorough scholarship, Warlords tells the story of World War II through the lives of the four great war leaders: Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Winston Churchill, and Franklin Roosevelt. While their nations fought battles with weapons, the four warlords of the twentieth century fought a war of the mind. Structured along the lines of a cinematic thriller, rapidly cutting from one man to the next, the book takes us blow by blow as they try to outthink and outfight each other. These encounters are told on a day-by-day, even hour-by-hour basis, affording unparalleled insights into parallel actions.
Though there have been many single, and some dual, biographies, no previous book has put these four great figures together in this exciting and popularly appealing way. Moving from Whitehall and Washington to the Wolf's Lair and the Kremlin, Warlords documents the psychological battles among the leaders and shows how their thoughts and actions changed history.
The relationship between Roosevelt and Churchill is particularly fascinating. Today, they are usually portrayed as bosom-buddy allies, but the journal entries and eye-witness reports of the time portray a quite different relationship. In fact, it appears that Roosevelt considered Britain's imperial ambitions to be a greater threat than Stalin's, and considered Stalin the sort of person that he could do business with. (Reviewed by BookBrowse Review Team).
Reasonably good as a big-picture overview, except that the picture is so much bigger.
Booklist - Gilbert Taylor
This focus on personality brings out, for example, Stalins colossal miscalculation about Hitler, and effects an appreciation in a general audience for directions the war took that were influenced by the psychology of the top leadersalways a reliable hook for popular history.
The scholarship is solidso solid that readers convinced WWII was less squalid than other wars may be provoked to reconsider.
...a lively narrative that shifts quickly from scene to scene, taking the reader along for the ride.
Joanna Potts received a First Class degree in Historical Studies from
the University of Bristol. While at university Joanna specialized in the
study of Soviet Russia, concentrating particularly on the years 1917-1953. She
also undertook in-depth research into Europe and the Second World War,
completing a comprehensive study of Anthony Eden and Winston Churchill during the war years.
Simon Berthon, described by the Daily Telegraph as a formidable
Second World War historian, is one of Britains most distinguished writers and
producers of television history. His previous book was Allies at War, on
the bitter-sweet relationship between Churchill, Roosevelt and de Gaulle.
Margaret MacMillan, an acclaimed historian and great storyteller (The New York Review of Books), explores here the many ways in which history its values and dangers affects us all, including how it is used and abused.
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