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Antony Beevor’s The Second World War will do as much for the understanding of the huge impact of the war on the lives of all people’s across the globe as the Bayeux Tapestry has done, over the centuries, for understanding the impact and consequences of the Norman conquest on the history of Britain and Europe.

It may take a flight of the imagination to compare 863 pages with 50 yards of woven cloth. But the image of a huge and complex event being carefully woven in weft and weave to bring all the various images of political intrigue, horrific slaughter, military blunder and egomaniacal leadership into an overall illustrative pattern is one way to grasp the immense scope of this book, the events it describes and future consequences it begat.

This reviewer understands Beevor took 10 years to complete the book as…

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