The War – Introduction

The greatest cataclysm in human history grew out of ancient and ordinary human emotions: anger and arrogance and bigotry, victimhood and the l**t for power. And it ended because other human qualities — courage and perseverance and selflessness, faith, leadership, and the hunger for freedom — combined with unimaginable brutality to change the course of human events. The Second World War brought out the best and the worst in a generation and blurred the two so that they became, at times, almost indistinguishable.