Books - Review

Showing all books by: Max Hastings

All Hell Let Loose: The World at War 1939-1945
A history of the Second World War. He provides lots of individual perspective from ordinary people as well as an overview of all the major events.
Pretty good, with lots of details but at the same time a good sense of overall politics and strategy etc. Bit of a harrowing slog through endless horrors, but I suppose that is only to be expected. The maps don't work so well on the Kindle, but to be fair it says that on Amazon. I just noticed. Bought this to read in Utrecht hospital during first IVIG treatment.
Score: 7
Published: 2011
Read: November 20th 2011

The history of the Vietnam war.
Great. Detailed, interesting mix of politics, personalities of politicians, generals, soldiers and locals, world opinion, battles.
Score: 8
Published: 2019
Read: June 2nd 2019

Chastise - The Dambusters Story 1943
A detailed account of the Dambusters raid of May 1943. Lots of info on the personalities involved, Bomber Command's overall strategy, technical development of the bouncing bomb, and a minute-by-minute account of the actual raid.
Pretty good - he includes some detailed analysis of the actual impact of the raid, including the large number of civilians and prisoners drowned, as well as reviewing the historical accounts (eg Paul Brickhill's book) in the light of more historical distance. Writing was unexpectedly clumsy in places I thought, maybe we blame the editor for that.
Score: 7.5
Published: 2019
Read: March 25th 2021