Max Hastings attempts to provide an outline of the events of World War II in 700 pages - quite a task. From events in Poland in 1939 to the bombing of Japan in 1945 the book provides an excellent intoduction to the horrific events that occurred in so many countries during those years. Accounts from those involved provide additional information to the story instead of just an account from official records.
I was particularly interested in the chapter on the Mediterrean which covered the war in northern Africa, Greece and Crete and then Palestine. This book can be used a reference resource allowing the reader to investigate a particular batttle or theatre of war though I am sure that many will read it from cover to cover.