A World at Arms: A Global History of World War II

A World at Arms A Global History of World War II In a new edition featuring a new preface A World of Arms remains a classic of global history Widely hailed as a masterpiece this volume remains the first history of World War II to provide a truly g

  • Title: A World at Arms: A Global History of World War II
  • Author: Gerhard L. Weinberg
  • ISBN: 9780521853163
  • Page: 426
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In a new edition featuring a new preface, A World of Arms remains a classic of global history Widely hailed as a masterpiece, this volume remains the first history of World War II to provide a truly global account of the war that encompassed six continents Starting with the changes that restructured Europe and its colonies following the First World War, Gerhard WeinbergIn a new edition featuring a new preface, A World of Arms remains a classic of global history Widely hailed as a masterpiece, this volume remains the first history of World War II to provide a truly global account of the war that encompassed six continents Starting with the changes that restructured Europe and its colonies following the First World War, Gerhard Weinberg sheds new light on every aspect of World War II Actions of the Axis, the Allies, and the Neutrals are covered in every theater of the war More importantly, the global nature of the war is examined, with new insights into how events in one corner of the world helped affect events in often distant areas.
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    • John Nevola says:

      A World At Arms is a masterful scholarly work. At nearly 1,000 pages, it takes on the War in all its nuances. From a geographical viewpoint, it deals with events in countries not normally referenced in most works; i.e. Brazil and India. This single volume book also deals with all aspects of this global war including politics, finance, manufacturing, construction, medicine, military strategy and combat operations.It is an ambitious endeavor, which covers up its very few warts with a deep and inte [...]

    • Loring Wirbel says:

      Offering up a single-volume history of WW2 is a daunting task that has sunk many a would-be historian. Do you focus on diplomacy, niche yourself to cover naval battles of the Southwest Pacific, or limit yourself to cartoon images of the ultimate graphic novel? Weinberg took the unusual approach of going big and broad. There's no real history of the Nazi party, Japanese bushido, or the Holocaust here. Instead, he uses a thousand-some-odd pages to discuss how the war looked from every odd corner o [...]

    • Avempace says:

      The most illuminating single volume history of WWII, and one of the very best books on the war, period. It has incisive insights that reemerge in other great books on the war, such as Adam Tooze's the Wages of Destruction: the ultimately futile and vastly destructive and genocidal attempt of a middling power, such as Germany was, to challenge the changing global balance of power vis a vis the US (and USSR). It spends time on fronts and issues that were frequently ignored at the time when the boo [...]

    • Sandy says:

      This is supposed to be a classic treatment, but I only ground through about half of it before I gave up. Just too dry, and somehow you don't get a feel for events. I'm liking the "Inferno" book much better.

    • Albion College says:

      This is an incredibly thorough, global look at the entire timeline of World War II, from what led to the war through its conclusion. There are several things which are really excellent about this book. The first is that the author looks through tremendous volumes of (often primary) source material to discuss the reasons that actors made decisions--that is, based on what they did or didn't know at the time their decisions were made. In particular, he focuses on how Stalin's understanding of Hitle [...]

    • Simon says:

      Reading the old edition, not the new one. Superb ability to reflect the global nature of WWII and illustrate the way various theatres affected other ones. Not an in-depth military history (will have to read Lidell Hart for that) but very strong as a diplomatic history and as an economic one (at least to the extent necessary to provide understanding of diplomatic motivations.) Does not hide from the issue of atrocities and genocide, and skilfully weaves them into the overall narrative. Devotes a [...]

    • Eric Suter says:

      An interesting dissection of the political and military drama of WWII, with its focus more sharply on the political. I found the most interesting aspect of the book to be its careful analysis of the periphery combatants including Finland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, etc their motivations, desires, and, ultimately, disasters. At the outset, I had hoped the book would focus more closely on the strategic and tactical aspects of the military engagements but Weinberg rarely delves into those issues. [...]

    • Shane Clancy says:

      Ambitious in scope, lacking in heartIn A World At Arms, Weinberg certainly accomplishes his objective to write a truly global history of World War II. This book is ambitiously broad in scope, and is novel in illuminating theaters of the war that are often passed over or ignored in the context of the most major events and developments. While adequately covering the epic conflict at the Eastern Front and the Allied battle against the Axis in North Africa and subsequently Western Europe, there is a [...]

    • Frederick says:

      Very good. Very clear. The writing is smooth and without the clunkiness of so much scholarly work. This is essential for the student of World War II and will not only greatly improve knowledge but also understanding of the military side of things. The author has no ax to grind, no agenda to forward. He simply provides an excellent historical source.

    • Leonardo says:

      Recomendado como crónica general enEuropa en Guerra.

    • Natasha says:

      I'm about 400 pages in this book and had to put it down. The content was chock full of exquisite detail and that became a bit too much to bare. The content was very dry and obsessive over every single detail that this book became laborious to read. It also was all over the place chronologically. I highly appreciate the impeccable details in this book but wanted something w/a bit more personality and maybe not as OCD W/information. It was very difficult to find a book that compares to this one. B [...]

    • Saad Mohammad says:

      This book is a very good comprehensive overview of the struggle as a whole; it won't go into minute details for each specific battle thus if you're looking for more information about the North African campaign or the Russian/German conflict you should probably look for books within that sub genre. What this book is great at, is going in a temporal fashion forwards giving you the events occurring around the world at the same time - which gives the reader a great sense of the chaos and events that [...]

    • Jim Martin says:

      Weinberg has produced a monumental work which concentrates mainly on the high diplomatic and strategic aspects of the war. Individuals who only want to read blow by blow accounts of specific campaigns will likely not find this book to be very rewarding. I would encourage anyone who is seriously reading the work to also read the notes, which are gathered at the end of the work, at the same time as some matters are only fully covered in the notes. The bibliography, while now dated, is also well wo [...]

    • Themistocles says:

      This book is breathtaking. I mean, LITERALLY breath-taking. Just try to read it in bed, propped on your chest: I bet you'll start wheezing soon enough. Who prints a single-volume 2kg, 1200-page long book? For the love of godAnyway. This was a comment about the physical format, not the content.which is not much better, unfortunately; just as stiff and difficult to handle as the book itself. Sure, it was not written yesterday but rather 20 years ago, but 1994 still counts as "modern day" in my boo [...]

    • Erwin says:

      For someone not particularly knowledgable about World War history but very fascinated with history/war in general, this is a great book that kept me hooked till the end. Since many historical aspects of the world wars (especially the diplomatic and strategic aspects) are not set in stone but open to interpretation, some opinions of the author are (apparently) debatable. However, as a reader who is eager to learn, it's great to have an author who is not shy about stating his opinions, since this [...]

    • Gregory says:

      Excellent. The author provides insight into May questions I had long had as well as asking - and answering - many questions I had not thought of, Including:Why didn't Spain enter the war on the Axis side, considering that the Spanish Civil War was considered the "Dress Rehearsal" for W W II?Why were Japan and Russia neutral towards each other until the War's closing days?Why didn't the USA supply Russia via Kamchatka (we did). What was Finland's role in the war, and how did Finland relate to Naz [...]

    • Chandan Shivaramu says:

      I believe the author takes a unique approach in making sure readers are educated about all angles for a WW2 event in this book.Its like story telling in "memento" way its like you are in a lecture hall and get to hear all sides of a conflict in a non-flinching way at times Weinburg's complex sentences needs frequent re-reading just to grasp the gist of it.metimes, he skims few of the engagements to describe it in full detail later.l in all, i felt this is one of the most engaging, entertaining [...]

    • Balaji says:

      Its a special way to end the year 2015 as I complete this great book. Its difficult to condense the happenings of 6 eventful years into a book of about a 1000 pages, but the book covers most of them quite well. Details of the treaty of Versailles that ended World War I and the Munich agreement were some of the topics which I felt should have been covered better. On the contrary, there was elaborate explanation regarding the fighting, and since I am not aware of the geography of places like Russi [...]

    • Stanley Hopcroft says:

      Valuable at least for the discussion of the origin of the second world war and the colour of the new order.Weinberg asserts, convincingly from my point of view, is that the war was seen by the Axis as solution to various problems involving their rightful place, control if not occupation of countries populated by less worthy people, and the transformation of their own societies into thoroughly materialistic and warrior casts.Exposing infants on Mt Parnussus ? Far too inefficient for the Third Rei [...]

    • Abhishek says:

      I cannot suggest a book that accounts the world war 2 netter than this.This work is remarkable and proves the statement "history is always written by the victors" wrong. Gerhard Weinberg is German.The work is so remarkable and accurate as gives he the references of all his claims as lot of world war 2 documents were made public by western countries. If you want an unadulterated book to read the accounts of WW 2 this is the one.Author accounts here the decision making process of both allied and a [...]

    • Chris says:

      Over 1,000 pages and around 100 footnotes per chapter, one of the experts in English who writes on German foreign policy and German diplomatic history wrote this book. A juggernaut of academic work produced this book that could be easily weaponized by dropping it one someone; yes it is large! Do not fear its size, only is erudition, and the excellent connections it makes between diverse theaters. Now, it is weak on operations, tactical and the military analytically areas; however, one cannot acc [...]

    • Manuel J. says:

      This a reference book. It is not a book to get detailed description of events/battles but, more useful, it gives the reader a perspective on the background and consequences of the decisions that were made by the political/military leaderships of the conflicting countries. One thing that Weinberg makes quite clear is the global scope of the war, offering also a perspective about the consequences of such war if the the Axis partners were the victor party. We came pretty close to a (politically) ca [...]

    • AskHistorians says:

      This look at the Second World War is the counter balance to John Keegan's the Second World War. Weinberg looks at the war from a very political and economic standpoint. Living up to the title, Weinberg spends a considerable amount of time looking at various theaters and not just the European and Pacific theaters. The book is heavily footnoted, and well researched. The writing can be a little dry and hard to follow as Weinberg tends to jump from topic to topic. But if you can overcome that it was [...]

    • Matt says:

      This book is a tome (about a 1000 pages), but it covers almost every aspect of World War II. It was very thorough in explaining the events, politics, economics, personalities, and everyday life during this time period. The one thing this book does not do so well is go into detail about the battles. They are described in a very global or general fashion. So if you want to read about battles, you may want to try another source, but if you want to know EVERYTHING else, I found this book very entert [...]

    • Dave says:

      A World at Arms provides a really nice, high-level overview of WWII, with its main emphasis on the European conflict. You will not find very much discussion of battle tactics or the intimate details of soldiers' and civilians' experiences in the war. Weinberg focuses on each combatant's decision-making, the relationships between the alliances, and the broad factors that determined the course of the war. In this way, he offers a very valuable overview of the conflict for non-experts looking for a [...]

    • Joel Simon says:

      This is the definitive one volume work putting forth the global perspective and impact of WWII. It took me a very long time to read but it was worth it. You could read every last bit of it, or use it as a reference (I chose the former). This book is well-written and gives tremendous detail. Its only failing, in my view, is that it was hard to stick with it enthusiastically the whole time because of its length.

    • Joseph says:

      This is can probably be considered the seminal book on the history of the second world war. I was turned on to this book by one of the history professors at Dartmouth. Besides the depth of this book it is unique in that it explains and examines all the players involved in the war and how their actions were shaped by the other players.I have read hundreds of books on WWII and this is by far the best.

    • Mike says:

      Best study of WWII's over-arching strategyAfter a lifetime of reading books on World War II, Weinberg's ability to explore and explain decision-making and strategies pursued by the various leaders and their countries is insightful and compelling. In particular, his insight and interpretation of some of Hitler's mistakes (and "successes") provides a coherent explanation and context for many of the head-scratching decisions.

    • Art says:

      An impressive work, I can't even begin to describe the scale of this book. Honestly I wasn't sure if I wanted to even try reading it, but the pages flowed freely and the details came out without becoming too confusing. I didn't honestly think you could put WWII into one volume and do it justice. I was wrong.

    • Jkrisbergh says:

      Provided a good background on the military swings of WWII. Lacked detail and left me wanting to read more about some of the major campaigns, etc. There was a lack of character development or identity, so there was no real feeling of a "story." All in all, the book provided me with what I was looking for - an overview of the war and I would recommend it.

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