Welcome to the WWII Forums! Log in or Sign up to interact with the community.

Looking for Good Books on WWII from a fan of Antony Beevor

Discussion in 'WWII Books & Publications' started by yswo, Mar 24, 2011.

Tags:
  1. yswo

    yswo Member

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2011
    Messages:
    25
    Likes Received:
    8
    Location:
    New Jersey
    I am a big fan of Antony Beevor's books, and have basically read them all. I like his style because he gets involved with the political aspects and military aspects and I find he strikes a perfect balance. I find some books are almost all political based i.e. Rise and Fall of The Third Reich (although, I loved the book), while others get into too much detail about each individual small platoon and sometimes do not even provide maps to understand what they are talking about.

    I heard good things about James Holland's book on the battle of britian. I am not sure how similar his style is to Beevor's. But being a big fan of Beevor, I am curious if people could direct me to other authors that write in a similar fashion. On an unrelated note, I have always found the uprising in Yugoslavia by Tito fascinating, it is not well known by non history buffs, but it is a remarkable story. If anyone knows of a good book on Tito, or any authors similar to Beevor I would appreciate it.
     
  2. Wibble666

    Wibble666 recruit

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2011
    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    0
  3. Martin Bull

    Martin Bull Acting Wg. Cdr

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2002
    Messages:
    13,578
    Likes Received:
    1,487
    Location:
    London, England.
    The original question was a good one which I've devoted some thought to, and maybe goes some way to explaining Beevor's best-selling success.

    I'm actually having a hard time thinking of a writer who achieves the same balance. Beevor does indeed have a cool style which doesn't involve amateur dramatics, bloodthirsty descriptions or jingoism. The only other similar book which comes to mind is Keegan's 'Six Armies In Normandy' ( Beevor has acknowledged Keegan as an influence ).

    There are many, many other skilled historians out there, but Beevor is IMPO the best to have successfully 'crossed over' into the mainstream book market........
     
  4. FalkeEins

    FalkeEins Member

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2006
    Messages:
    527
    Likes Received:
    75
    ...surprised you haven't 'voted' for Cornelius Ryan ...'A Bridge...' etc etc
     
  5. Martin Bull

    Martin Bull Acting Wg. Cdr

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2002
    Messages:
    13,578
    Likes Received:
    1,487
    Location:
    London, England.
    I do indeed enjoy Ryan's books, but I'm not sure that they show the 'bigger picture' in the same way as Beevor. I always consider Ryan as an earlier, more populist version of Martin Middlebrook..........
     
  6. yswo

    yswo Member

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2011
    Messages:
    25
    Likes Received:
    8
    Location:
    New Jersey
    Thanks for all the suggestions I am going to write these all down and put them on my list, I actually saw many ppl praise Keegan and ordered his book (the general one on WWII), I will write all these suggestions down, thank you all.

    Btw is there any way to convince Beevor to write a book on the battle of Britian or about Josip Tito?
     
  7. Martin Bull

    Martin Bull Acting Wg. Cdr

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2002
    Messages:
    13,578
    Likes Received:
    1,487
    Location:
    London, England.
    Unfortunately, I don't have ready access to Mr Beevor - but I got this close to him once ( at a lecture he gave on the release of D-Day in 2009 ) -

    View attachment 12931

    He really doesn't 'do' the air war ( or, for that matter, naval affairs ) except where they impinge on battles for territory such as Crete, Normandy, etc. He leaves biographical work to others, as well....

    Still, you can contact him at his own website : -

    Antony Beevor | Home

    Could be worth a try !
     

    Attached Files:

  8. FalkeEins

    FalkeEins Member

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2006
    Messages:
    527
    Likes Received:
    75
  9. yswo

    yswo Member

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2011
    Messages:
    25
    Likes Received:
    8
    Location:
    New Jersey
    Thanks for the suggestions just read Keegans book on WWII and I figured since it was a general history of wwII and covered most topics briefly I would not learn anything. Boy was I wrong, I learned a lot and loved his style. Very similar to Beevor in many scenes (describes battles and politics in equal balance), I am going to order equal balance.
     
  10. yswo

    yswo Member

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2011
    Messages:
    25
    Likes Received:
    8
    Location:
    New Jersey
    Any other suggestions besides Keegan. I am almost done with six armies in Normandy?
     
  11. JimboHarrigan2010

    JimboHarrigan2010 Member

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2009
    Messages:
    82
    Likes Received:
    4
    Stalingrad is a good book
     
  12. yswo

    yswo Member

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2011
    Messages:
    25
    Likes Received:
    8
    Location:
    New Jersey
    The one by Beevor? If so read it. Would love to read a good book about Operation Bagration, I have yet to see many good books on the operation or even parts of it. IMHO it is one of the most "under-rated" battles of WWII, it was decisive crush of the Wermacht but is not nearly as well known as lesser smaller battles.
     
  13. brndirt1

    brndirt1 Saddle Tramp

    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2008
    Messages:
    9,713
    Likes Received:
    1,501
    Now, I have read most of the books by Beevor mentioned here, but I haven't seen Max Hastings mentioned at all. The last of his I devoured was Winston's War: 1940-1945. This book pulls no punches, and uses diary/memo/journal entries to tie together a wonderful tale of the politics and war planning of the man. One of the first books which shows Sir Winston as a real person, with flaws and power as well.

    Not a GOD, not a megalomania driven demon either. You won't be disappointed with that read.
     
  14. urqh

    urqh Tea drinking surrender monkey

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2002
    Messages:
    9,683
    Likes Received:
    955
    His Falklands stuff was trash though..I have problems with Hastings own ego. Personal..but isnt all reading personal?
     
  15. RabidAlien

    RabidAlien Ace

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2011
    Messages:
    1,084
    Likes Received:
    102
    Try Rick Atkinson's "An Army At Dawn".
     
  16. George Patton

    George Patton Canadian Refugee

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2010
    Messages:
    3,186
    Likes Received:
    1,134
    Location:
    Ontario, Canada
    Hastings is a good author, but some parts of his books are poorly written. I noticed this a lot in "Retribution" (his book on the downfall of Japan - I think he changed the title now). It would really go into the "mushy" personal details, and most of these seemed to be "created" by him -- in other words, they weren't being related from primary sources. The point of this seems to be either to emphasize a part of his thesis, or make the book "flow" better.
     

Share This Page