Good Fight: How World War II Was Wonby Stephen E. Ambrose
Stephen E. Ambrose, one of the finest historians of our time, has written an extraordinary chronicle of World War II for young readers. From Japanese warplanes soaring over Pearl Harbor, dropping devastation from the sky, to the against-all-odds Allied victory at Midway, to the Battle of the Bulge during one of the coldest winters in Europe's modern history, to the… See more details below
Stephen E. Ambrose, one of the finest historians of our time, has written an extraordinary chronicle of World War II for young readers. From Japanese warplanes soaring over Pearl Harbor, dropping devastation from the sky, to the against-all-odds Allied victory at Midway, to the Battle of the Bulge during one of the coldest winters in Europe's modern history, to the tormenting decision to bomb Nagasaki and Hiroshima with atomic weapons, The Good Fight brings the most horrific and most heroic war in history to a new generation in a way that's never been done before.
In addition to Ambrose's accounts of major events during the war, personal anecdotes from the soldiers who were fighting on the battlefields, manning the planes, commanding the ships stories of human triumph and tragedy bring the war vividly to life.
Highlighting Ambrose's narrative are spectacular color and black-and-white photos, and key campaign and battlefield maps. Stephen E. Ambrose's singular ability to take complex and multifaceted information and get right to its essence makes The Good Fight the book on World War II for kids.
Meet the Author
Dr. Stephen E. Ambrose was a renowned historian and acclaimed author of more than thirty books. Among his New York Times bestsellers are Nothing Like It in the World, Citizen Soldiers, Band of Brothers, D-Day - June 6, 1944, and Undaunted Courage. Dr. Ambrose was a retired Boyd Professor of History at the University of New Orleans and a contributing editor for the Quarterly Journal of Military History.
- Date of Birth:
- January 10, 1936
- Date of Death:
- October 13, 2002
- Place of Birth:
- Whitewater, Wisconsin
- Place of Death:
- Bay St. Louis, Mississippi
- B.A., University of Wisconsin; M.A., Louisiana State University, 1958; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, 1963
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I acquired this for a middle school library and I'm very pleased with it's clear overall view, great pictures and student friendly format.
Stephen E. Ambrose wrote The Good Fight. This is a non-fictional book about World War II. Stephen Ambrose uses good details on how World War II was fought and how it started. Stephen Ambrose knows this war as ¿The greatest catastrophe in history¿. He describes this war with major battles, and who won them. He also shows us diagrams of invasion strategies used by different countries, and pictures of the battles and other stuff that was happening. Stephen Ambrose keeps us on track with who was on top of things at the time, and what the women did while their husbands were away at war. This book is very interesting because I love learning about World War II. Other people who like this topic should read this book. After reading The Good Fight, it gave me a better understanding on how World War II was fought and won. The Good Fight is one of the best books I have ever read. Stephen Ambrose gives us good descriptions and pictures about World War II. My suggestion is for other people to read this book so they could know more about this very important part in history.
Chances are that most teenagers today have or had grandfathers who served in World War II and grandmothers who helped with the war effort at home. Yet those experiences seem like ancient history to many young people. This superb volume should help bring home the message of why the American war effort was so important, and the magnitude of the sacrifices that were made on their behalf. Hopefully, these materials will then encourage these young people to ask their grandparents about their World War II experiences, and help create more connections to and understanding of those worthy elders. This book is a brief pictoral history of the war from the American perspective. The book's format is to take about 30 themes and develop them briefly. The tools used are brief essays, moving quotes from participants, photographs, and battle maps. Most subjects are handled in two pages (including photographs), but some go on to become four pages (such as the Holocaust). My only complaint about the book is that some photographs are reproduced in one color that makes the detail hard to see. Black would have been less appealing, but the photographs would have been easier to examine. Those who know Professor Ambrose's work will recognize the quotes. Sergeant Mike Ranney of Easy Company in the 101st tells this story about speaking with his grandson. ''Grandpa, were you a hero in the war?' 'No,' I answered, 'but I served in a company of heroes.'' Quotes like that are worth the price of the book for conveying the World War II experience to this generation of Americans. The book is good for pointing out problems and injustice. You see black Americans training with World War I guns. You see Japanese-Americans being interned in concentration camps. The concentration camp at Belsen is displayed. The devastation at Nagasaki as well as the radiation burn scars on a boy are portrayed. Many of the famous World War II photographs are here, such as the flag-raising on Iwo Jima, V-J Day in Times Square (the sailor and the nurse), soldiers wading ashore on D-Day into the surf on Omaha Beach, and the Navy battleships aflame at Pearl Harbor. Professor Ambrose certainly knows this history better than I do, but I wondered about his description of the Japanese emperor's involvement in the decision to launch the attack on Pearl Harbor. The version here seemed closer to the original story favored by General MacArthur that the emperor was manipulated by the military leaders than what I have been reading other historians say, which is that the emperor was right in the middle of wanting to go to war. Some of my other favorite photographs in the book include Hitler at a Nuremberg party rally (showing the propaganda machine in all of its might), Guadalcanal after a tropical storm (with tents underwater), an Army corpsman tending a wounded soldier, St. Lo after the liberation, an American soldier rescuing a shell-shocked girl in Manila, and Stalin, Truman and Churchill at Potsdam. Lesser known parts of the war are covered here, such as Rosie the Riveter (including a photograph of women learning to weld). After you read this book, I suggest that you also take time to tell your teenagers how you feel about America's involvement in World War II. Many of the participants are naturally reluctant to say very much. Your own sense of this incredible struggle can help fill the gap in understanding as well. If you feel comfortable, you may also want to talk about the cold war. Be glad that D-Day was a success! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution
I have to say that I was really impressed with what Stephen Ambrose did. I did not think that anyone could tell the story of World War II for kids, but this book really did it. I have a 10-year-old daughter and an 8-year-old son. My father fought in World War II and I am very grateful for this book, which helped me tell them what their grandfather did. Thank you, Mr. Ambrose.
Ambrose has done an excellent job in putting this beautiful book together. From the time line on the inside cover, to the historical pictures, to the glossary at the end, Ambrose has not left anything out. I'm a teacher and I'm finding this very helpful with my class. I like the short notes at the start of each section. The overall setup of the book is excellent. Readers will not be disappointed.
This book by S. Ambrose is as well done for older children as his adult books are for grown - ups. To the managers of this site, this book was almost impossible to find, but I fought the good fight.