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Big Battles of World War II

Big Battles of World War II

by Peter Benoit

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School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—The books in this set open with two true or false questions (a signature of this series) that are answered in the text. Divided into four to six chapters, the titles focus on one aspect of each subject. A "Big Truth" chapter and a "True Statistics" page add interesting facts about weapons, armies, or statistics. The content is standard for middle-level books on World War II, and large black-and-white period photos appear throughout. Unfortunately, this series is marred by some weaknesses. There are few maps and no documentation of numbers and statistics scattered throughout the texts, and there are several errors (for instance, Battles mistakenly states that the Battle of the Bulge resulted in more deaths than any other battle, and both Weapons and Navy erroneously explain the tailhook mechanism on aircraft carriers. This set doesn't improve on extant World War II coverage, and most libraries will find other series to be better choices.
Children's Literature - Greg M. Romaneck
World War II was fought in the deserts of North Africa, across the vast space of the western Soviet Union, at the beaches of Normandy, on the North Atlantic, on Pacific islands, and countless other places. In the war’s six-year duration over fifty million people were killed, great cities were leveled, and the fury of atomic weaponry was unleashed. Armies that numbered in the millions were mustered, trained, and then sent into battle. At places such as Stalingrad, El Alemein, Iwo Jima, and Normandy soldiers of the Allies and Axis Powers clashed in battles that killed thousands of people. These historic battles helped shape the outcome of the most destructive war in human history. This volume in Peter Benoit’s illustrated “True Books” history series focuses on some of the most eventful battles in World War II. In order to tell the story of these sweeping battles Benoit adopts a taut style of writing but does not exclude human interest in the telling of it. By the conclusion of the book readers should have a much better grasp on the critical battlefield events that led to the utter defeat of Hitler, Mussolini, and the Japanese militarists. Part of the “True Book” series. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck; Ages 10 to 14.

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