I believe that the most dominant feature about this book is the human factor, how the most varied people experienced this awful happening. To achieve this, the author brilliantly floods this horrible thrilling reading with hundreds of well researched participant accounts. Personally, I had sometimes the feeling of being on the battlefield with the advantage of not having to fire a shot or being fired upon, so intense and vibrant was the description of waging war and its human suffering.
Nevertheless, Sir Max Hasting always knew how to interconnect the overwhelming flow of events so the reader could easily get a good picture of every aspect of the war as a whole, everything backed up by a massive knowledge and impartiality. Some accusing him of being biased would feel very much deceived in this book. There is in fact, in so many situations, an open discussion which focuses on the understanding of some varied and different opinions.
Superbly written and very well balanced, this book delivers the essentials a one volume book about the Second World War can deliver, not forgetting important numbers and statistics, or the casual lecture about armament or character study.