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  • Published: 1 November 2006
  • ISBN: 9781845950651
  • Imprint: Pimlico
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 512
  • RRP: $27.99
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Why The Allies Won



'Outstanding... Overy has written a masterpiece of analytical history, posing and answering one of the great questions of the century' - Niall Ferguson, Sunday Times

'Outstanding...Overy has written a masterpiece of analytical history, posing and answering one of the great questions of the century' Niall Ferguson, Sunday Times
The Allied victory in 1945 - though comprehensive - was far from inevitable. By 1942 almost the entire resources of continental Europe were in German hands and Japan had wiped out the western colonial presence in Asia. Democracy appeared to have had its day.

In this remarkable study, Richard Overy provides a reinterpretation of the war through an account of the decisive military campaigns that created the astonishing revival in Allied fortunes. He also explores the deeper factors that determined success and failure: industrial stength, fighting ability, the skills of leaders and the moral contrasts between the two sides.

Today the modern world is once more in the throes of painful transformation. It is essential to establish why and how the last great war was won. Richard Overy casts a brilliant light on the most important turning-point of the modern age.

'A compelling analysis...skilful and chilling' TheEconomist

  • Published: 1 November 2006
  • ISBN: 9781845950651
  • Imprint: Pimlico
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 512
  • RRP: $27.99
Categories:

About the author

Richard Overy

Richard Overy is Professor in History at the University of Exeter. Formerly Professor of Modern History at King's College, London, his books include William Morris, Viscount NuffieldThe Air War, 1939-1945Dictators, The Dictators: Hitler's Germany, Stalin's Russia, The Nazi Economic Recovery, 1932-1938, Goering: The Iron ManAll Our Working Lives (with Peter Pagnamenta), The Origins Of The Second World War, The Road To War (with Andrew Wheatcroft), War And Economy In The Third Reich, The Inter-War Crisis, 1919-1939, Russia's War: A History of the Soviet Effort: 1941-1945, and The Battle: Summer 1940. He is a fellow of the British Academy and winner of the Wolfson History Prize in 2005.

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Praise for Why The Allies Won

A compelling analysis... skilful and chilling.

Ross Davies, Economist

A much needed book... he deserves the attention of a wide audience.

Donald Cameron, Independent

Richard Overy is writing at the height of his powers... The result is often startling, never less than fascinating.

Adam Sisman, Observer

A thought provoking reappraisal of the war - deeply researched, complex and yet beautifully lucid.

Correlli Barnett, Times Literary Supplement

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