Moral Combat

Moral Combat

Good and Evil in World War II

Book - 2011
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"Magnificent. . . . Seldom has a study of the past combined such erudition with such exuberance." --The Guardian

"No-one with an interest in the Second World War should be without this book; and indeed nor should anyone who cares about how our world has come about." --The Daily Telegraph

Pre-eminent WWII historian Michael Burleigh delivers a brilliant new examination of the day-to-day moral crises underpinning the momentous conflicts of the Second World War. A magisterial counterpart to his award-winning and internationally bestselling The Third Reich, winner of the Samuel Johnson prize, Moral Combat offers a unique and riveting look at, in the words of The Times (London), "not just the war planners faced with the prospect of bombing Dresden or the atrocities of the Holocaust, but also the individuals working at the coalface of war, killing or murdering, resisting or collaborating."

Publisher: New York : Harper, c2011
Edition: 1st U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780060580971
Branch Call Number: 940.53 BUR 2011 22
Characteristics: xxi, 650 p. : ill., maps

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vonJaerschky
Feb 08, 2012

This book supposes to be a very scholarly work covering the scope of morality in combat during WW2. Instead, what it really is, is a lengthy diatribe towards the Nazi regime and their crimes. Now, there is no way that the crimes of the Nazi regime can be excused or justified. However, Burleigh makes several snide remarks and jumps to conclusions without facts several times during the book. Burleigh lacks objectivity, and thus even though he has done extensive and impressive research, this undercurrent that runs from cover to cover serves to detract from its status as an authoritative work.

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