The Battle for History: Re-fighting World War II

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Vintage Books, 1996 - History - 128 pages
Although fifty years have passed since the end of World War II, there has as yet been no definitive history of that conflict. Existing histories have raised as many questions as they answer: Did President Roosevelt have foreknowledge of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor? Might bombing the Auschwitz railroad have impeded the course of the Holocaust? Now one of our most esteemed military historians assesses the literature that has emerged from World War II - and the controversies that have arisen from that literature - in a book that combines stunning erudition with crisp prose and highly personal discernment.

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User Review  - sgtbigg - LibraryThing

Little more then an extended biographical essay which documents books which Keegan "has found an indispensable guide to the war's drama and tragedy." It is none the less an interesting collection. I'm ... Read full review

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User Review  - jamespurcell - LibraryThing

An excellent resource for any WW2 buff. An updated second edition would continue to move us toward Keegan's 100 year benchmark for definitive histories. Read full review

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About the author (1996)

John Keegan's books include The Iraq War, Intelligence in War, The First World War, The Battle for History, The Face of Battle, War and Our World, The Masks of Command, Fields of Battle, and A History of Warfare. He was the defense editor of The Daily Telegraph (London). He lived in Wiltshire, England, until his death in 2012.

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