No Simple Victory: World War II in Europe, 1939-1945

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Norman Davies

Narrated By: Simon Vance

Publisher: Tantor Media

Date: September 2007

Duration: 20 hours 40 minutes


If history really belongs to the victor, what happens when there's more than one side declaring victory? That's the conundrum Norman Davies unravels in his groundbreaking book No Simple Victory. Far from being a revisionist history, No Simple Victory instead offers a clear-eyed reappraisal, untangling and setting right the disparate claims made by America, Great Britain, France, and the Soviet Union in order to get at the startling truth.

In detailing the clash of political philosophies that drove the war's savage engine, Davies also examines how factors as diverse as technology, economics, and morale played dynamic roles in shaping battles, along with the unsung yet vital help of Poland, Greece, and the Ukraine (which suffered the highest number of casualties). And while the Allies resorted to bombing enemy civilians to sow terror, the most damning condemnation is saved for the Soviet Union, whose glossed-over war crimes against British soldiers and its own people prove that Communism and Nazism were two sides of the same brutal coin.

No Simple Victory is an unparalleled work that will fascinate not only history buffs but anyone who is interested in discovering the reality behind what Davies refers to as 'the frozen perspective of the winners' history.'


  • Anonymous

    Good, straightforward sociopolitical history of WWII. I LOVE the reader and will order any book he reads! (Simon Vance)

  • Jondeb

    If you are looking for a military history of World War 2, this is NOT the book for you! It mostly concerns political and social statistics of the era and although has some interesting data and conclusions, it is overly long and basically boring. The English narrator doesn't help either. If you want to know how many people Stalin killed compared to Hitler, this my be your forte, but for over 20 cd's it was a waste of time!

  • Connie

    I found this book very interesting. I had read of Stalin's ruthlessness, but I had no idea of the depth and breath of it. Amazing that these two men (Hitler and Stalin) could be so crazy, and get away with it. They used 'fear of death' to accomplish their ends, but isn't that what dictators do? A good overall view of the years before WW II in Russia, and Germany, and of the Allied alliance to defeat Germany.

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