I'm a total newbie, and currently know very little about WW2. I don't know what piqued my interest, but I'd like to develop a good understanding of the events that occurred from beginning to end. To begin with, I'm more interested in the general overview, in particularly the political side, rather than in depth knowledge of what it was like to be a soldier. Which of the following should I start with, or is there a better option? The Second World War - Beevor History of the Second World War - Hart Killing the Rising Sun - O'Reilly & Dugard The Second World War: A Complete History - Gilbert The Holocaust - Gilbert The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich - Shirer & Rosenbaum A World at Arms: A Global History of World War 2 - Weinberg Inferno: The World at War, 1939-1945 - Hastings Thanks in advance!