The Real History of World War II: A New Look at the Past

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In a refreshingly fearless, colloquial voice, acclaimed historian Alan Axelrod recounts the key events of World War II with unflagging humanity, drama, and straightforward explanations of their significance, weaving a story as engrossing and multifaceted as a great novel. As with the series’ first entry, The Real History of World War II remains authoritative, non-academic, and appealingly designed with illustrations, maps, and more. It’s a unique approach that makes this enormous saga understandable to every ...
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Overview

In a refreshingly fearless, colloquial voice, acclaimed historian Alan Axelrod recounts the key events of World War II with unflagging humanity, drama, and straightforward explanations of their significance, weaving a story as engrossing and multifaceted as a great novel. As with the series’ first entry, The Real History of World War II remains authoritative, non-academic, and appealingly designed with illustrations, maps, and more. It’s a unique approach that makes this enormous saga understandable to every reader, and favors gripping storytelling over a strictly dry and plodding chronological account. Axelrod brings you right into every theater of the war, one by one, capturing all its most compelling events before moving on to the next. If, today, we see World War II as a titanic clash of good and evil, Axelrod effortlessly looks beyond this schism, putting facts above political interpretation in order to uncover the conflict’s roots and ramifications. He concisely explores the war’s ideological, nationalistic, and economic causes; probes the motivation of those involved, including Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Churchill, FDR, and Truman; and looks at its enduring political, global, social, and technological legacy. You’ll be able to understand the tragic legacy of Versailles, the full repercussions of the blitzkrieg, exactly what happened in the Holocaust, and why, in Japan, the war was less associated with one individual than with an ongoing militaristic and imperialist movement. In addition, this enlightening volume provides a concise narrative of the entire course of the struggle, which unfolded simultaneously in many places, thoroughlyengulfing the world. The fresh insights and forthright analyses, the sidebars on such subjects as trivia and alternative histories, the eyewitness testimony and quotes, and the revealing, edgy attitude make this a pleasure to read like having an enjoyable conversation with a favorite teacher. History truly comes alive.
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Axelrod (The Real History of the American Revolution) set out to write "a good basic book on World War II" that would be "purposely concise, nonacademic...and straightforward." He has succeeded in all respects. His book traces the origins of the war back to the Treaty of Versailles after World War I. Using a refreshing, lively narrative to cover the entire scope of the war and also to discusses the postwar implications of the conflict, he expertly explains the ideological, economic, nationalistic, military, and other interrelated issues that played a part in the war's enactment. The text is lavishly illustrated with pertinent photos and maps and insightful sidebars that provide commentary and analysis, as well as alternate historical theories and other useful details. The author provides a "Dramatis Personae" that covers some 100 politicians, military leaders, and other individuals who played major roles in the war and are detailed in the narrative. Each theater of the war is covered in a coherent manner that clarifies how each impacted the other. Reading more like a novel than a dry compilation of facts and figures, this work condenses a vast amount of material into a workable and entertaining study that will increase its readers' taste for history. A solid, well-researched book that should be considered by all collections.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402779992
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 6/14/2011
  • Series: Real History Series
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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  • Posted May 10, 2013

    Recommended as overview of the War.

    Organizing a comprehensive account of World War II is no easy task. This book does a yeoman's job in this regard. Necessarily, it jumps from theater to theater, but it does not lose the reader in the fog. Its level of detail is very good for an overview as well. The author does include important facts associated with campaigns and battles. The level of detail that many books about specific aspects of the war won't be found here, but as a first book to whet an appetite for more detail, this will fill the bill.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2008

    Excellent!

    This book is amazing and very helpfull.Gives you every detail of WW2.

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