The Library of Congress World War II Companion

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Margaret E. Wagner, David M. Kennedy, Linda Barrett Osborne, Susan Reyburn, Library of Congress
Simon & Schuster, 2007 - History - 982 pages
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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User Review  - kurtankenybeauchamp - LibraryThing

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

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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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Magaret E. Wagner is a writer and editor at the Library of Congress who has contributed essays on military history to many Library publications. She was coeditor of "Mapping the Civil War, America's Treasures in the Library of Congress, " and "The Nation's Library.

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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