A concise, comprehensive chronicle of World War II as it was fought on land and sea and in the air, written by the head of the Military History Department at the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst, England. From this vantage point, the ""we"" is British, but there is a general generosity toward Axis leaders (of Tojo at his execution Brigadier Young muses, ""Who are we to condemn those who played the game by an entirely different set of standards?"") and a willingness to sharply question the unleashing of the bomb at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This is a military rather than a diplomatic history; the judgments of strategy and tactics are those of a military man. Brigadier Young seems to have a grasp of the war as it was waged on all fronts; his book reads swiftly and with precision.