The Legacy of the Second World War

The Legacy of the Second World War
John Lukacs

Usually I quite enjoy Lukacs’s hair-splitting and finicky explanations of just what he is and isn’t trying to say, but in this brief collection of essays he overdoes that side of things. Musing about whether an event poses a historical question, riddle or conundrum is going too far. The title is also misleading, as Lukacs explicitly states that his focus is on the Second World War itself and not what came after. Finally, there is little ground here that he hasn’t already been over (many times) in his obsessive attempt to pry inside the heads of Hitler, Churchill, Stalin, and Roosevelt. Not an essential read.