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    Things you always wanted to know about WW2

    This is a great book for baby boomers who want toget a handle on the real events behind WW2 (the sub-title "An objective look at World War II" is most appropriate). I love Deighton's spy novels and his other works. This book only adds to his literary prowess. Several things which I learned were the impact of the Great Depression on the economies of Britain, the USA and European countries on being able to finance their parts in the war and the impact of the class systems, especially in Britain, and the mental capacities of people charged with "getting things done" in political and organisational senses. It is said that histories of war are written by the victors and this book is compelling evidence of that view. The wealth of detail which goes into the stories of the war in Europe and North Africa is overwhelming. That does, however,tend to truncate the events which occurred in the Pacific theatre. No doubt if Deighton had done the research to cover that aspect he would still be writing!

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