All Hell Let Loose, The Storm of War and The Second World War
Christmas is coming up soon, and I'm preparing my wish lists. I'm thinking of putting a general history of WW2 on there, and the three that seem to come up most often are The Storm of War by Andrew Roberts, All Hell Let Loose by Max Hastings and The Second World War by Antony Beevor. Has anyone read these, and if so, can you recommend them?
I'm not too interested in The Storm of War - I read a bit of Roberts' History of the English Speaking Peoples and thought (coming from the perspective of an Australian) that it was propagandist nonsense. I'd like a book that has a wide overview of all events of WW2 and all theatres. I'm not too interested in military nitty gritty. I'm more interested in the broader reasons of why things happened, but I also like the details about what things were like on the ground.
If anyone can help out with some recommendations (maybe even some WW2 books not listed here) I'd appreciate it greatly.