Books by James Holland

James Holland is a British historian and journalist. He is the author of Fortress Malta: An Island Under Siege 1940-1943. He lives in England.

BIG WEEK by James Holland
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"A fascinating must-read for World War II aficionados."
A highly detailed account of the crucial week in February 1944 when American and British air forces conducted a series of air raids on German industrial and military targets. Read full book review >
THE ALLIES STRIKE BACK, 1941-1943 by James Holland
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Although it fills no great need, this is an expert, anecdote-filled, thoroughly entertaining if heavily British-oriented history of the war's middle years."
A thick, sturdy history of World War II, beginning in 1941, the second in the author's War in the West trilogy. Read full book review >
THE RISE OF GERMANY, 1939-1941 by James Holland
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A sturdy, readable resource that regards the Blitzkrieg as no magical matter."
A lively study of the first part of World War II that moves along operational and tactical lines. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 4, 2013

"Few historians deny that the destruction of the dams gave an immense boost to British morale and inflicted costly damage to the Nazis, and Holland offers a definitive, nuts-and-bolts history."
In May 1943, 19 British heavy bombers flew a dangerous, nighttime mission at treetop level to attack three German dams. It succeeded, and British historian Holland (The Battle of Britain: Five Months that Changed History, 2011) delivers an extremely detailed but never dull account of its tortuous history. Read full book review >
Released: March 15, 2011

"A painstakingly detailed history of the battle that exposed the myth of Nazi invincibility."
Jam-packed account of the moment in 1940 when Britain stood alone against the Nazi menace. Read full book review >
Released: March 20, 2008

"Less engaging than Rick Atkinson's The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944 (2007), but still of much value to WWII buffs and generalists."
A comprehensive, anecdotal survey of the Italian campaign, with the sweep and cast of characters of a Darryl F. Zanuck epic. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 15, 2006

"A British rejoinder and worthy complement to Rick Atkinson's An Army at Dawn (2002)."
Vigorous account of the war in the North African desert, in which, perhaps improbably, the Allies emerged victorious. Read full book review >