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The Complete Idiots Guide(r) to World War II, Second Edition, will feature updated and expanded coverage of the fateful D-Day invasion, a critical timeline of major WW II events, and a WW II timeline highlighting the crucial and most important events of the war. It will include details about major battles on land, in the air, and on the sea-starting with Hitler's rise to power and his goal of European conquest; to Japan's bombing of Pearl Harbor; to the decisive battles such as D-Day and the Battle of the Midway, which turned they tides of the war toward the Allies.
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“There truly is a need for a book like The Complete Idiot’s Guide to World War II, and not just for the poorly taught, the young and the forgetful (who might want a quick reference). Luckily this volume in the Idiot’s Guide series is exceptionally well written by Mitchell G. Bard. If you’re not careful you may forget it’s an Idiot’s Guide and think you are reading an absorbing general history of the war. For anyone who would like more than the usual two and a half pages the war gets in history books, or for those curious about how the world got to be the way it is, Bard’s book is a superb introduction.”--(Brian John Murphy, Fairfield, Connecticut)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781615640249
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/6/2010
  • Series: Complete Idiot's Guide Series
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 809,588
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Mitchell Bard, Ph.D., is the author of Forgotten Victims: The Abandonment of Americans in Hitler's Camps, among other books. He is the executive director o the nonprofit American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise (AICE) and editor of the Near East Report, the American Israel Public Affair Committee's (AIPAC) weekly newsletter. He is also the author of The Complete Idiots Guide(r) to the Middle East Conflict.
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Table of Contents

Part 1 Dark Clouds Form Over Europe 1
1 Past Is Prologue 3
Those Who Repeat the Past 4
A Different Kind of Boom 4
Black Hats, White Hats, and Stalin 5
The Front Lines 8
War Is Hell 9
Dante's Soldiers 10
The Allies' Skeletons 11
True Freedom Fighters 11
From Abyssinia to Zyklon 12
2 The War That Didn't End All Wars 13
The Fuse Is Lit 14
Winners and Losers 16
No Garden Party at Versailles 17
Needed: An International Police Officer 18
A World Government for an Ungovernable World 19
A League of Their Own 20
A Hindenburg Without the Hot Air 21
A Law Against War 22
Brothers, Can You Spare a Billion? 22
Depressing Depression 23
People Don't Kill, Guns Do 24
A Wolf at the Door 25
3 The Little Artist Seeks a Bigger Canvas 27
Picture Imperfect 28
A Nazi Is Born 29
A Room with a Viewpoint 30
From Democrat to Dictator 31
The Terror Begins 33
Hitler Goes for the Gold 37
Follow the "Leader" 38
Might Makes Reich 38
4 The Bell Tolls for War 41
Oiling the War Machine 42
Lies and Allies 42
Drawing a Line at the Rhine 43
Americans Are Stuck in Neutral 44
Making Fascism Fashionable 45
Tanks Versus Spears 46
The Red Sun Also Rises 47
What Hemingway Missed 48
5 Peace in Whose Time? 51
The Anschluss Was No Sound of Music 52
"I Have No More Territorial Demands" 54
The Night of the Broken Glass 56
Czech Mate 57
Poles Apart 58
Entangling Alliances 59
Totalitarians Unite! 60
It Must Be War 61
Part 2 Blitzkrieg 63
6 Goose-Stepping Across Europe 65
The Nazis Roll Over the Poles 66
Britain Mounts a Confetti Campaign 66
A Merciless Victor 67
War Without Rules 67
Spy Versus Spy 68
Interested Spectators 69
The Winter of Stalin's Discontent 70
7 The Not So Phony War 75
The U-Boats 76
The Allies Start to Fight 77
Hitler Takes the Low Road 79
"Conquer We Must" 82
The French Are Fried 83
Miracle at Dunkirk 84
Those Left Behind 85
The Arc de Defeat 87
8 Puttin' on the Brits 91
America Takes a First Step 92
Wolves at Sea 92
Still Some Fight in the French 93
The Last Neutrals 93
The Battle of Britain 95
The Blitz 96
Hitler Declares Victory 98
An Arsenal for Democracy 99
9 America Inches Closer to the Spreading War 101
The Giant Awakens 102
War Is as Easy as ABC 103
Arms on the Installment Plan 103
Hitler Won't Take "No" for an Answer 104
Mussolini's Greek Misadventure 105
Stalin Protects His Back 106
Mercury Conquers Crete 106
The Atlantic Is Not the Pacific 107
Italy's Brief Empire 108
Enter the Desert Fox 109
10 Adolf Turns on Joe 111
Shifting Alliances 112
Mindless Bolsheviks 113
Stalin Tries to Buy Time 114
Moving on East 115
The War Is Won 116
Japan Threatens the West 117
The Atlantic Charter 118
The Sixth Man 119
Russians Dream of a White Christmas 121
So Close, Yet So Far 122
Part 3 The Yanks Are Coming! 125
11 The Day of Infamy Arrives 127
Grabbing Supplies to Meet Demand 128
No Surprise from Japan 128
Empire Versus Empire 129
Black Sunday 130
Maybe Yamamoto Wasn't So Smart 133
Island Paradises No More 134
Germany Jumps In 136
12 War in the Pacific 139
America's U-Boats 140
Britain's Humiliation 140
I Shall Return! 141
The Bataan Death March 142
Doolittle's Raiders 142
Corralled in the Coral Sea 144
Midway Tips the Balance 145
America Takes Offense 147
13 We're Coming for You, Adolf 151
Huns First, Japs Later 152
Slaves of the Reich 153
No Let-Up in the Atlantic 153
Bombs Away 154
The White Rose 156
Russia's Cold Winter 156
Rommel's Wild Ride 159
Torching the Germans 161
14 America at War 165
The War Machine Revs Up 166
Women Go to Work 167
Hollywood Commandos 168
The Actors Fight for Real 169
Celebrities Find a New Spotlight 170
Athletes Play on a Different Field 171
War Is Good Politics 171
All the News That's Censored to Fit 172
America Interns Its Own 175
The Great Patriotic War 175
WACs, WASPs, and WAVES 176
Segregation in the Army 178
The Tuskegee Airmen 179
Japanese-American GIs 180
Part 4 Allies Kick Axis 183
15 The Axis Goes in Reverse 185
Envisioning Victory 186
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea 187
Better to Give Than Receive 188
They Sank My Boat 189
The Blood-Soaked Island of Tarawa 190
War Hits Home in Germany 191
Making Hamburger of Hamburg 193
Knocking Out Peenemunde's Rockets 194
16 Taking the War to Hitler 197
The Torch Is Passed 198
Fallout from the Fox's Fall 199
The Man Who Never Was 200
Sicily Is Rubbed Out 201
Benito Is Finito 202
Ike Takes Command 202
No Roman Holiday, Yet 203
Operation Shingle 204
Battle Royale at Cassino 205
17 The Eastern Front Falls Back 207
Hitler's Friends Urge Peace 208
The Red Army Rolls 208
Hitler's Blame Game 209
Foreshadowing a New Empire 209
Still Plenty of Fight in the Germans 210
Molotov's Diplomatic Cocktail 212
Here We Snow Again 213
The Big Three Finally Meet 213
Fend for Yourselves, Guys 214
Stalin's D Day 215
18 Pacific Island-Hopping 219
China Breaks Free 220
Reopening the Burma Road 220
Merrill's Marauders 222
Small Islands, High Human Cost 222
A Turkey Shoot 223
Planning For Japan 224
MacArthur's Return 225
Kamikazes 227
The Battle of Bull's Run 228
Fighting the Japanese and the Elements 228
Japan Doesn't Know the War Is Over 229
Part 5 Let Freedom Ring 231
19 Invasion! 233
Hitler's Secret Weapons 234
The Atlantic Wall 235
Patton's Phantom Army 236
Why Normandy? 237
The Battle of Berlin 238
Massing the Troops 239
D Day 241
We'll Start the War from Right Here 243
No Day at the Beach 244
While Hitler Slept 247
On to Paris! 248
Germany Gives Britain the Old V-1, 2 249
The Return of de Gaulle 250
20 For You the War Is Over 253
It Wasn't Hogan's Heroes 254
"H" Is for Hebrew 255
The Soldiers of Berga 256
The Horrors of Buchenwald 257
Murder at Mauthausen 260
Massacre at Malmedy 262
The Great Escape 262
Special Treatment 264
Prisoners in the Pacific 265
German POWs in the United States 265
The Ones Left Behind 266
21 Hitler Cheats Death 269
The Mark of Caen 269
The Assassins' Plot Explodes 271
The Allies Take Offense 272
The Liberation of Paris 273
The Offensive Runs Out of Gas 274
No Picnics at Market-Garden 275
The Politics of War 277
The Battle of the Bulge 277
Hungry for Hungary 280
22 Victory in Europe 281
No Happy New Year for Germany 282
Yalta Sets the Agenda 282
Dresden Goes Up in Flames 284
Hitler's Last Stand 285
FDR's Death Stuns the World 286
The Siege of Berlin 286
Bunker Pill 287
Il Duce's Reward 288
Germany Surrenders 288
Dividing the Spoils at Potsdam 289
23 The Red Sun Sets 293
Unfinished Business in the Philippines 294
Uncommon Valor 294
The Last Battle 296
Firestorm! 297
Olympic and Coronet 297
The Power of a Particle 298
The Manhattan Project 299
Keeping the Weapon Secret 301
The Gadget Becomes a Reality 302
The Final Countdown 303
Ground Zero 305
Japan Surrenders 307
Part 6 The Smoke Clears, and the Reckoning Begins 309
24 Night and Fog 311
The Nuremberg Laws 312
Nowhere to Run 313
The Nazi Euthanasia Program 314
The Final Solution 315
Building Walls Around the Jews 315
The Model Ghetto 316
The Einsatzgruppen 317
The Camps 318
Medical Experiments 321
Gypsies, Gays, and Jehovah's Witnesses 321
Anne Frank 323
Americans Also Died in Camps 323
What's Different About the Jews? 325
25 Liberators, Rescuers, and Avengers 327
Liberation 328
Flying Around Auschwitz 329
The Danish Rescue 331
Righteous Persons 332
We Closed Our Eyes 334
Remembrance 335
"I Was Just Following Orders" 336
The Japanese Face the Music 342
"Justice" for the Victims of Berga 343
Still Hunting Nazis 344
26 Freedom's Heavy Price 347
Casualties of War 348
The People Behind the Statistics 349
Economies in Shambles 350
The Marshall Plan 351
Emerging from the Rubble 352
People Without a Country 353
Tools of War 354
A New Cold War Begins 355
The Nuclear Arms Race 356
The Disunited Nations 357
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