The American Heritage New History of World War II

The American Heritage New History of World War II

by C. L. Sulzberger
     
 

Visually stunning, The American Heritage New History of World War II features more than 700 of the most dramatic and haunting photographs from renowned war photographers on the line of battle, from artists who captured the quintessence of war on canvas, and from cartoonists who portrayed the lighter side of war for millions on the front lines and at home. These images…  See more details below

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Visually stunning, The American Heritage New History of World War II features more than 700 of the most dramatic and haunting photographs from renowned war photographers on the line of battle, from artists who captured the quintessence of war on canvas, and from cartoonists who portrayed the lighter side of war for millions on the front lines and at home. These images, which complement the narrative throughout, have been culled from public and private collections all over the world. New computer-generated color maps also highlight important battles for a better understanding of these complex military campaigns. Just in time for the next generation, this edition captures the courage, commitment, military genius, and true horror of the war that gave birth to a new era in world politics. For students, history buffs, veterans, and fascinated readers, The American Heritage New History of World War II is the definitive single-volume compendium on the subject and will endure as a major narrative of world history.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Sulzberger's text for the first version (1966) of this lavishly illustrated history was intended for general readers who had direct experience with the Second World War. It sold nearly one million copies. Ambrose's updating facilitates understanding for a later generation to whom events between 1939 and 1945 are the stuff of cable TV. Without overstating its lines of argument, the book makes a solid case for the war as a three-way ideological struggle among fascism, communism and democracy, with the "grand alliance" against Hitler being essentially a relationship of convenience. Victory over the Axis, Ambrose and Sulzberger demonstrate, was assisted by a series of avoidable Japanese and German mistakes, but it was by no means assured. Ultimately, public morale, political sophistication and hard fighting were needed to overcome enemies committed in principle and practice to total war. The superior arms of the Allies were not in themselves decisive, the authors argue, given the complications faced in their deployment. A particular strength of this volume, in fact, is its emphasis on the problems of transporting men and munitions to where they were needed, whether in North Africa, Russia or the South Pacific. Campaigns and battles, presented from both front-line and headquarters perspectives, are competently summarized, and all the text is boosted considerably by the book's chief selling point, a striking collection of 720 photos and illustrations (many in color; some seen by PW). While of limited use to scholars and specialists, for general readers this was, and still is, a solid introduction to an enormously complex subject. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Best-selling historian Ambrose offers a thoroughgoing revision of Sulzberger's classic.
Charles Wright
....This encapsulation of the legacy of World War II is as emotional a combination of picture journalism and historical storytelling as one can imagine. --Biography

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670874743
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/1997
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
640
Product dimensions:
9.42(w) x 11.20(h) x 1.60(d)

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