The nightmare ended in jazz and cigarettes

World War Two: A Short History by Norman Stone Allen Lane, £16.99 Norman Stone is the master of the short history book. His 1980 biography of Hitler filled less than 180 pages in an age when accounts of forgettable cabinet ministers are five times as big. Both his Turkey: A Short History (2011) and his World War One: A Short History are recommended first reading for those specific areas of history. Stone’s unique selling point in this crowded field is his power as a… Read on