Europe at War 1939-1945

No Simple Victory

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The conventional narrative of the Second World War is well known: after six years of brutal fighting on land, sea and in the air, the Allied Powers prevailed and the Nazi regime was defeated. But as in so many things, the truth is somewhat different. Bringing a fresh eye to bear on a story we think we know, Norman Davies.Davies forces us to look again at those six years and to discard the usual narrative of Allied good versus Nazi evil, reminding us that the war in Europe was dominated by two evil monsters - Hitler and Stalin - whose fight for supremacy consumed the best people in Germany and in the USSR . The outcome of the war was at best ambiguous, the victory of the West was only partial, its moral reputation severely tarnished and, for the greater part of the continent of Europe, ‘liberation’ was only the beginning of more than fifty years of totalitarian oppression.

‘Davies writes with real knowledge and passion.’ Michael Burleigh, Evening Standard

‘Punchy and compelling' Noel Malcolm, Sunday Telegraph

About Norman Davies

Norman Davies is the bestselling author of Europe: A History; The Isles: A History, Rising ’44 and Europe at War. He is also the author of the definitive history of Poland, God’s Playground, and several books on European history. Born in Bolton, Lancashire in 1939, Davies is a graduate of Magdalen College, Oxford and the University of Sussex. He is a Supernumerary Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford and is a Fellow of the British Academy, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and Professor Emeritus of London University. He lives in Oxford and Krakow, Poland.

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Books by Norman Davies

Rising '44
Rising '44
The Isles
The Isles