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

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

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by Alan Axelrod
     
 

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In a refreshingly fearless, colloquial voice, Axelrod recounts the key events of World War II with humanity and drama. As with the series first entry, The Real History of World War II remains authoritative, non-academic, and appealingly designed with illustrations and maps. Axelrod looks to the conflict’s ramifications, concisely exploring the war’s

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In a refreshingly fearless, colloquial voice, Axelrod recounts the key events of World War II with humanity and drama. As with the series first entry, The Real History of World War II remains authoritative, non-academic, and appealingly designed with illustrations and maps. Axelrod looks to the conflict’s ramifications, concisely exploring the war’s ideological, nationalistic, and economic roots.

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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.
—David Alperstein

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402779992
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
06/14/2011
Series:
Real History Series
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.10(d)

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Real History of World War II: A New Look at the Past 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
JimCowa More than 1 year ago
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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This book is amazing and very helpfull.Gives you every detail of WW2.