Teaser Tuesdays: Inferno: The World at War, 1939-1945 by Max Hastings

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just open your current read to a random page and share a few sentences. Be careful not to include spoilers!

For our teaser today, from this chunky nonfiction volume of WWII, I give you the beginning of chapter 8, from page 178:

The people of the United States observed the first twenty-seven months of the struggle in Europe with mingled fascination, horror and disdain. The chief character in J.P. Marquand’s contemporary novel So Little Time says: “You could get away from the war for a little while, but not for long, because it was everywhere, even in the sunlight. It lay behind everything you said or did. You could taste it in your food, you could hear it in music.”

Perhaps not a cheerful book. But rich with history! Do you like to read books about war?

This quotation comes from an uncorrected advance proof and is subject to change.

4 Responses

  1. I love books about war, and Max Hastings is a really good writer! I thought his book The Korean War was terrific.

  2. The author brings the reader right into it with his use of the senses…it does sound intriguing.

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  3. Great point Laurel; I guess that’s why I picked it even though I didn’t articulate. That’s how you bring history to life!

    rhapsody, I’d never read him before but I was certainly aware of his reputation. This is a great book – if loooong.

  4. […] posting what I’m reading today. My wordpress skills are not up to the formatting of MizB or Julia, so forgive me. But my reading at the moment, continuing my recent return to giant nonfiction […]

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