Acclaimed historian Stephen E. Ambrose has broken new ground with a stirring account of World War II. Aimed at young readers and written with clarity, Ambrose's book brings out the humanity that underlies war. With compassion and storytelling prowess, the author makes a complex conflict exciting, enlightening, and comprehensible.
The introduction hints at the drama, agony, and determination of the story that follows. Relating two heart-wrenching moments of realization on the part of World War II veterans, Ambrose describes the massive impact the war had on its participants and on the preservation of democracy.
Laid out in easy-to-read chapters, The Good Fight begins with a discussion of the origins of the war and then focuses on major battles and events. Particularly stunning are the photos in each chapter: stirring images of Hitler standing with his troops, the attack on Pearl Harbor, and the dropping of the atomic bomb. In addition, the book includes campaign and battlefield maps and a detailed glossary -- particularly helpful for young students.
With this comprehensive history, young readers will begin to understand the meaning of World War II and to appreciate the sacrifices so many people made in order to secure freedom around the world. (Amy Barkat)