The Library of Congress World War II Companion (Google eBook)

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David M. Kennedy
Simon and Schuster, Oct 2, 2007 - History - 944 pages
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The noted historian John Keegan called World War II "the largest single event in human history." More than sixty years after it ended, that war continues to shape our world. Going far beyond accounts of the major battles, The Library of Congress World War II Companion examines, in a unique and engaging manner, this devastating conflict, its causes, conduct, and aftermath. It considers the politics that shaped the involvement of the major combatants; military leadership and the characteristics of major Allied and Axis armed services; the weaponry that resulted in the war's unprecedented destruction, as well as debates over the use of these weapons; the roles of resistance groups and underground fighters; war crimes; daily life during wartime; the uses of propaganda; and much more.

Drawn from the unparalleled collections of the institution that has been called "America's Memory," The Library of Congress World War II Companion includes excerpts from contemporary letters, journals, pamphlets, and other documents, as well as first-person accounts recorded by the Library of Congress Veterans History Project. The text is complemented by more than 150 illustrations. Organized into topical chapters (such as "The Media War," "War Crimes and the Holocaust," and two chapters on "Military Operations" that cover the important battles), the book also include readers to navigate through the rich store of information in these pages. Filled with facts and figures, information about unusual aspects of the war, and moving personal accounts, this remarkable volume will be indispensable to anyone who wishes to understand the World War II era and its continuing reverberations.
  

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Historian Kennedy (The American Pageant) and the staff of the world's largest library have compiled this informative volume, which explores the myriad facets of this epic conflict and its impact on ... Read full review

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A nice reference book, I'm sure, but the thing is written exactly like a high school textbook, with all of the boredom that implies. I'm looking for a well-written and detailed account of the war and its many facets, and this book wasn't it. Read full review

Contents

THE WORLD AT
1
WARTIME POLITICS
55
THE RIFLE THE WRENCH AND THE RATIONING B0011
139
Other Government Mobilization
206
Principal Sources and Further Reading
217
Axis Military Leaders and Their Armed Forces
227
Allied Military Leaders and Their Armed Forces
264
Principal Sources and Further Reading
326
Principal Sources and Further Reading
410
Fire in the East
416
Fire in the West
422
The Worlds Wars Become a World War
468
Principal Sources and Further Reading
496
The Tide Begins to Turn 5 38
566
Allied Victory and an Uneasy Peace
604
Principal Sources and Further Reading
626

Artillery Tanks and Tank Destroyers
344
Cameras
355
Mines and Booby Traps
361
Small Arms
380
Vehicles Land
397
Weapons of Terror Desperation and Mass Destruction
404
THE MEDIA WAR
783
WAR ON THE H0ME FRONT
845
THE AFTERMATH
909
INFORMATION ABOUT IMAGES
943
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Page iii - The Allied and Associated Governments affirm and Germany accepts the responsibility of Germany and her allies for causing all the loss and damage to which the Allied and Associated Governments and their nationals have been subjected as a consequence of the war imposed upon them by the aggression of Germany and her allies.
Page 14 - DECLARATION BY UNITED NATIONS:* A Joint Declaration by the United States of America, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, China, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Poland, South Africa, Yugoslavia.
Page 36 - Democracy has disappeared in several other great nations, not because the people of those nations disliked democracy, but because they had grown tired of unemployment and insecurity, of seeing their children hungry while they sat helpless in the face of government confusion and government weakness through lack of leadership in government.

About the author (2007)

David M. Kennedy is the Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History at Stanford University. He is the author of several books, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945.

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