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Ao empregar o ímpeto narrativo que fez de seus livros Stalingrado, Berlim 1945 e Dia-D best-sellers internacionais, Antony Beevor apresenta os vários aspectos da Segunda Guerra de um modo completamente novo. Com base nas pesquisas e informações mais atuais a respeito do tema, e por meio de um texto claro e apaixonante, Beevor traça um panorama que se estende do Atlântico Norte ao Pacífico Sul. Apesar de pintar o cenário mais amplo do conflito em sua escala heroica, A Segunda Guerra Mundial nunca perde de vista o destino dos soldados e civis comuns cujas vidas foram esmagadas pelas forças tirânicas da mais terrível guerra da história.
A magisterial, single-volume history of the greatest conflict the world has ever known by our foremost military historian.
The Second World War began in August 1939 on the edge of Manchuria and ended there exactly six years later with the Soviet invasion of northern China. The war in Europe appeared completely divorced from the war in the Pacific and China, and yet events on opposite sides of the world had profound effects. Using the most up-to-date scholarship and research, Beevor assembles the whole picture in a gripping narrative that extends from the North Atlantic to the South Pacific and from the snowbound steppe to the North African Desert.
Although filling the broadest canvas on a heroic scale, Beevor's The Second World War never loses sight of the fate of the ordinary soldiers and civilians whose lives were crushed by the titanic forces unleashed in the most terrible war in history.
Nas primeiras horas do dia 16 de dezembro de 1944, Hitler lançou sua última grande ofensiva contra os Aliados na região da floresta de Ardenas, na Bélgica. Era uma batalha crucial para os alemães que pretendiam dividir as tropas britânicas e americanas e forçar um acordo de paz com os aliados ocidentais. "Um ato de desespero do Führer", afirmou um de seus principais comandantes. Surpreendidos naquela manhã de muita neve e frio extremo, parte dos soldados se rendeu e outra, retrocedeu. O sucesso inicial dos alemães e o contra-ataque dos Aliados nas sete semanas seguintes são contados de forma magistral por Antony Beevor, um dos mais importantes historiadores contemporâneos.
Envolvendo mais de um milhão de homens, praticamente metade de americanos, a batalha de Ardenas se tornou a mais importante do front ocidental da Segunda Guerra Mundial – e decisiva para a derrota final de Hitler.
En esta batalla, millones de personas murieron, resultaron gravemente heridas, fueron hechas prisioneras, tuvieron que abandonar sus hogares o sufrieron la brutal represión de uno u otro bando; o, peor aún, de ambos. Los trágicos combates librados en esta ciudad y en la vasta estepa que se extiende en su entorno, no tendrían parangón. La tragedia allí vivida alcanzó una magnitud jamás vista con anterioridad. El propio Mariscal del Reich Hermann Göering, durante un discurso dirigido a la nación alemana el día antes de que el Sexto Ejército capitulara, afirmó con razón que en el futuro la batalla de Stalingrado sería recordada como la más grande librada por Alemania en toda su historia.
En este libro se explican cuáles fueron los factores que llevaron a Hitler a considerar vital tomar y retener aquella ciudad en ruinas. Se analizan las decisiones estratégicas que condujeron al VI Ejército alemán al desastre; se describe el desarrollo de las operaciones realizadas por ambos bandos y se reflexiona críticamente sobre las alternativas históricas que se han venido proponiendo, de forma que el lector pueda hacerse con una idea cabal sobre los hechos históricos acaecidos en el sur de Rusia entre junio de 1942 y febrero de 1943. Todo con una narración dinámica que intenta hacer revivir en la imaginación del lector, de la forma más visual posible, el drama de aquellos acontecimientos históricos. Este libro pretende, también, ser un homenaje a todos los que sufrieron en aquella tragedia.
Best-seller em vários países onde é considerado um clássico sobre o tema, O dia D – A batalha que salvou a Europa recebe uma nova edição no Brasil.
Historiador renomado mundialmente, Antony Beevor mostra em detalhes como foi a invasão à Normandia e a libertação de Paris do domínio nazista.
Ele começa na noite anterior ao Dia D com os preparativos para o lançamento de mais de 5 mil navios aliados às costas da França, numa operação considerada a maior da história.
É um dos únicos livros que descreve as experiências das tropas de americanos, britânicos e canadenses, mas também a luta desesperada dos soldados alemães, o sofrimento dos franceses que estavam no meio de tudo e as tensões dos comandantes dos dois lados.
Beevor pesquisou em arquivos de vários países, ouviu sobreviventes e leu as entrevistas feitas por historiadores logo após o conflito. O resultado é um livro fascinante que leva o leitor a sentir o medo da guerra.
In D-Day: The Decision to Launch, excerpted from Antony Beevor’s bestselling book D-Day: The Battle for Normandy, readers get the little-known story of how the difficult decision was made to launch the Allied invasion of France on June 6, 1944.
The stakes could not have been higher: if Operation Overlord were to fail, it would be a crushing blow to the Allies, a huge loss of both men and equipment. The decision of when to launch rested with supreme commander General Dwight D. Eisenhower, but it hinged on one factor: the weather. If there was too much cloud cover, the Allied bombers wouldn’t be able to provide air support, and if the seas were too rough, the landing craft would be swamped. It fell to one man to predict the weather: Dr. James Stagg, the head of the meteorological team at Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force.
This riveting selection from D-Day, praised by Time as “a vibrant work of history that honors the sacrifice of tens of thousands of men and women,” tells the fascinating inside story of one of the most important decisions of World War II.
'Fascination lies in the human drama, superbly captured by Beevor ... A vivid chronicle of a dreadful time and place' Max Hastings, Sunday Times
'A moving masterpiece' TLS
The civil war that tore Spain apart between 1936 and 1939 and attracted liberals and socialists from across the world to support the cause against Franco was one of the most hard-fought and bitterest conflicts of the 20th century: a war of atrocities and political genocide and a military testing ground before WWII for the Russians, Italians and Germans, whose Condor Legion so notoriously destroyed Guernica.
Antony Beevor's account narrates the origins of the Civil War and its violent and dramatic course from the coup d'etat in July 1936 through the savage fighting of the next three years which ended in catastrophic defeat for the Republicans in 1939. And he succeeds especially well in unravelling the complex political and regional forces that played such an important part in the origins and history of the war.
On September 17, 1944, General Kurt Student, the founder of Nazi Germany's parachute forces, heard the groaning roar of airplane engines. He went out onto his balcony above the flat landscape of southern Holland to watch the air armada of Dakotas and gliders, carrying the legendary American 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions and the British 1st Airborne Division.
Operation Market Garden, the plan to end the war by capturing the bridges leading to the Lower Rhine and beyond, was a bold concept, but could it have ever worked? The cost of failure was horrendous, above all for the Dutch who risked everything to help. German reprisals were pitiless and cruel, and lasted until the end of the war.
Antony Beevor, using often overlooked sources from Dutch, American, British, Polish, and German archives, has reconstructed the terrible reality of the fighting, which General Student called "The Last German Victory." Yet The Battle of Arnhem, written with Beevor's inimitable style and gripping narrative, is about much more than a single dramatic battle--it looks into the very heart of war.
The Red Army had much to avenge when it finally reached the frontiers of the Third Reich in January 1945. Frenzied by their terrible experiences with Wehrmacht and SS brutality, they wreaked havoc—tanks crushing refugee columns, mass rape, pillage, and unimaginable destruction. Hundreds of thousands of women and children froze to death or were massacred; more than seven million fled westward from the fury of the Red Army. It was the most terrifying example of fire and sword ever known.
Antony Beevor, renowned author of D-Day and The Battle of Arnhem, has reconstructed the experiences of those millions caught up in the nightmare of the Third Reich's final collapse. The Fall of Berlin is a terrible story of pride, stupidity, fanaticism, revenge, and savagery, yet it is also one of astonishing endurance, self-sacrifice, and survival against all odds.
On December 16, 1944, Hitler launched his ‘last gamble’ in the snow-covered forests and gorges of the Ardennes in Belgium, believing he could split the Allies by driving all the way to Antwerp and forcing the Canadians and the British out of the war. Although his generals were doubtful of success, younger officers and NCOs were desperate to believe that their homes and families could be saved from the vengeful Red Army approaching from the east. Many were exultant at the prospect of striking back.
The allies, taken by surprise, found themselves fighting two panzer armies. Belgian civilians abandoned their homes, justifiably afraid of German revenge. Panic spread even to Paris. While some American soldiers, overwhelmed by the German onslaught, fled or surrendered, others held on heroically, creating breakwaters which slowed the German advance.
The harsh winter conditions and the savagery of the battle became comparable to the Eastern Front. In fact the Ardennes became the Western Front’s counterpart to Stalingrad. There was terrible ferocity on both sides, driven by desperation and revenge, in which the normal rules of combat were breached. The Ardennes—involving more than a million men—would prove to be the battle which finally broke the back of the Wehrmacht.
In this deeply researched work, with striking insights into the major players on both sides, Antony Beevor gives us the definitive account of the Ardennes offensive which was to become the greatest battle of World War II.