The Second World War
Weidenfeld & Nicolson (Hachette Australia), $49.99 hb, 875 pp, 9780297844976
Too often histories of World War II either have ‘total’ in their title or make great play with total war as a concept. Essentially this is meaningless, because all that is meant by total war is big war. Antony Beevor mercifully does not call World War II ‘total’ or make any reference to total war.