1st ed., 2012. Xii + 863 pp., photo-plates + maps. D.j., 24 x 16cm. Some tiny scuffs to spine of d.j., & a little discolouring to edges o/w Nr.FINE. Using the most up-to-date scholarship and research and writing with clarity and compassion, the acclaimed author of this history of the Second World War assembles the whole picture in a gripping narrative. Moral choice forms the basis of all human drama and no other period in history has presented greater dilemmas both for leaders and ordinary people, nor offered such examples of individual and mass tragedy, the corruption of power politics, ideological hypocrisy, the egomania of commanders, betrayal, perversity, self-sacrifice, unbelievable sadism and unpredictable kindness. All is expertly conveyed in this mammoth study.