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I don't know about anyone else but when I was taught about the second world war we always tended to stop when the allies had won. This book offers a glimpse into the world in the immediate aftermath of the war, and it isn't a pretty sight.
If you want some perspective and the behaviour of the victorious allies then I'd recommend this book.
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This was far from the dry history lesson I was expecting. To make a whole book about the events that occurred during one year has the worry that it may be like a piece of string, wandering and rambling.
But I found I was hooked from the outset and carried along like an incoming tide. So many events happened during this year that have long lasting effects that reverberate to this day. Virtually all countries around the world have been affected in one way or another.
Decisions made or not made during this year precluded events such as the creation of the Iron Curtain, the breakup of the British Empire and the eventual American involvement in the Vietnam War.
There is an awful lot of detail is this book and it is extremely easy to follow and get swept along with.
Will definitely be listening to this book again in the future as there is almost too much information to grasp in one go.