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Encyclopedia of World War II

Encyclopedia of World War II

by Alan Axelrod

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

History's deadliest war continues to interest researchers and casual readers alike. Axelrod (Encyclopedia of the American Armed Forces), along with retired U.S. Army Col. Jack A. Kingston as consulting editor, selected for this two-volume set topics he believes most likely to be addressed in classrooms and of interest to general readers. Each of the more than 700 A-to-Z cross-referenced entries-some less than a page, some many pages long-concludes with a list of recommended books for further reading. Controversies such as the firebombing of Dresden and Japanese Emperor Hirohito's culpability in wartime atrocities are objectively addressed. The entry on Hitler does not bother with possible psychological explanations for his actions, while entries on Mao Zedong and Ho Chi Minh, figures we tend to associate with later events, explain what they had to do with this war. Black-and-white photographs and clear, informative maps round out the work.
—Teresa R. Faust

School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up -This set offers the same extensive research and attention to detail that were so evident in Axelrod's Patton (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006). The more than 600 alphabetically organized entries use straightforward language and are supported by maps, black-and-white photographs, cross-references, and further-reading suggestions. Excellent use is made of subtitles (particularly in the entries involving weaponry specifications). Coverage is international. For example, the subject of aircraft is broken down into separate entries for British, French, German, Italian, Polish, Soviet, and American machines. There are the inevitable omissions that are inherent in a work that claims to be comprehensive but not exhaustive. For example, there is no separate entry for the British Special Operations Executive (though information on that topic can be accessed through the index), and the entry on Japanese atrocities omits mention of the massacre of prisoners of war at the Palawan prison camp. Overall, however, this relevant and informative introductory resource provides exemplary general coverage that can hold its own against other works on the subject.-Robyn Walker, Elgin Court Public School, St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada

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Library of World History
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