The World At War is the book that accompanies the television series of the same name. It opens with the background to the war and then follows in a broadly chronological fashion, although chapters are concerned with various campaigns in different theatres of war as opposed to tracking what happened in different theatres during a particular period of time. Entire books have been written about specific operations or battles, so by it’s very nature, this book is not the most detailed available; however, it does cover the entire war and no major details or events are missed out. As an introduction to the Second World War, I would strongly recommend this book; if you already know about the war (or are looking to focus on a particular battle or theatre), The World At War is unlikely to contain the detail you want. I found it easy to read, especially with each chapter focusing on a particular theatre instead of the approach taken by other books covering the entire conflict that focus on periods of time and jump between different fronts.
Rating (out of 5): ****