Tuesday August 4, 2020

Quick and quirky history of WWII

World War Two: A Short History by Norman Stone. Allen Lane, €21.40. Reviewed by Andrew Lynch.

27th January, 2013
Adolf Hitler: described as 'a provincial figure [who] had shot far beyond his natural level'. Photo: Getty

World War Two: A Short History by Norman Stone


Norman Stone is a historian who tends to divide opinion. In the late 1980s, his strong right-wing views made the flinty Glaswegian one of Margaret Thatcher's favourite foreign policy advisers. Her predecessor as Conservative leader, Edward Heath, delivered a less favourable judgment: "Many parents of Oxford students must be both horrified and disgusted that the higher education of our children should rest in the hands of...

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