There are several outstanding one-volume histories of World War II. Martin Gilbert’s The Second World War: A Complete History is one of them. Gerhard Weinberg’s A World At Arms: A Global History of World War II is another. With no disrespect to others left unmentioned, we can now add to this select company Andrew Roberts’s The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War.
This week on Uncommon Knowledge Roberts joins Peter Robinson to discuss the book. Among the subjects covered are why the Germans might have won the war, Hitler’s shortcomings as military leader, the historical factors responsible for Hitler’s rise to power, Churchill’s indispensable contribution to Germany’s defeat, Stalin’s blunders, Russia’s contribution to the victory, and a quick look at Europe today. Roberts packs a lot of humane learning into the interview’s 38 minutes. Through our arrangement with the Hoover Institution, we are pleased to present the interview in its entirety. Please check it out.