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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 America and the rest of the world. Drawn from the library's vast collection of primary-source materials-including those of the Veterans History Project-the book defines the American experience of the Second World War. The first chapter provides the requisite background and general overview of the various participant nations. Eleven interconnected and overlapping chapters follow, including "Politics," "Mobilization," "Leadership and Organization," "War Crimes and the Holocaust," and "The Media War." The most salient feature of the war, the Holocaust, is appropriately discussed at great length in one of the longest chapters. Each chapter closes with a list of further readings and is supplemented with chronologies, boxed sections for selected topics (e.g., "Prominent Figures in Weapons Development"), and eyewitness accounts. Photographs from the library's vast collection round out the work. The index is preceded by a separate image index with catalog numbers and ordering information for those who wish to obtain copies of the photographs.