Sunday, May 04, 2008


Every once in a while I venture out of the Nineteenth Century. I did so last month, reading Max Hastings's Armageddon: The Battle for Germany, 1944-45. I won't bore you with a review -- there are scores at Amazon alone -- but I found it gut-wrenching, horrifying and stunning. I felt like I'd never read about World War II before.

For a preview of sorts, I recommend a podcast of a talk that Sir Max gave in 2004 about the book at the Pritzker Military Library in 2004.

Hastings's newest book, Retribution: The Battle for Japan, 1944-1945 is also the subject of a Pritzker podcast. I'm adding it to the list.

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