The Biographical Dictionary of World War II

The Biographical Dictionary of World War II

by Mark Mayo Boatner
     
 

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The author of "Civil War Dictionary" presents an important reference book of the Second World War that is "more detailed and reflects current scholarship" ("Reference Book Bulletin).

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The author of "Civil War Dictionary" presents an important reference book of the Second World War that is "more detailed and reflects current scholarship" ("Reference Book Bulletin).

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Boatner (The Encyclopedia of the American Revolution, 1994. rev. ed.), a retired colonel, West Point graduate, and veteran of World War II and the Korean conflict, here offers biographical sketches of 1000 significant World War II personalities selected primarily on the basis of statistical frequency in standard works. Although this is primarily a biographical work, some of the dictionary's glossary entries (cross-referenced to the biographies and vice versa) are veritable miniarticles of useful supplementary information. While the majority of the biographies are of major figures, e.g., Eisenhower, Stalin, and Roosevelt, an impressive number of lesser-known personalities appear, e.g., Philippine patriot Carlos Romulo and Ren Pleven, who did important liaison work with the American and British governments. Nonmilitary figures from filmmaker Leni Riefenstal to writer Erich Maria Remarque to industrialist Henry Kaiser are included, as are civilian victims of the Nazi machine Anne Frank and Dietrich Bonhoeffer (but neither Sophie nor Hans Scholl, German university students who, with several colleagues, were executed for treason in 1943). The balance of Anglo-American, German, Russian, Japanese, and French names seems appropriate, and other nationalities are well represented. Overall, this is a well-researched and eminently readable work, written in vigorous and refreshingly colorful language, that will update Christopher Tunney's Biographical Dictionary of World War II (1972) and complement The Oxford Companion to World War II (Oxford Univ., 1995). For larger public, university, and four-year college libraries.Harry E. Whitmore, formerly with Univ. of Maine at Augusta, Portland

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ISBN-13:
9780891416241
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/01/1999
Pages:
733
Product dimensions:
5.83(w) x 8.77(h) x 1.55(d)

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