The Story of the Second World War

The Story of the Second World War

by Henry Steele Commager
     
 

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Compiled in the war's immediate aftermath, Henry Steele Commager's The Story of the Second World War had a profound impact when first published in 1945. It remains important today. The book presents a broad spectrum of contemporary writing about the war by such figures as Winston Churchill, John Steinbeck, Walter Lippman, John Hersey, and William Shirer. It also

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Compiled in the war's immediate aftermath, Henry Steele Commager's The Story of the Second World War had a profound impact when first published in 1945. It remains important today. The book presents a broad spectrum of contemporary writing about the war by such figures as Winston Churchill, John Steinbeck, Walter Lippman, John Hersey, and William Shirer. It also contains stirring narratives by the soldiers and civilians who experienced the war on the frontlines or who felt its effects back home. These remarkable firsthand accounts from all of the major theaters of the war -- augmented by the great historian's commentary -- tell us much about how the twentieth century's greatest event was perceived at the time it was experienced.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Originally published in 1945, the new edition commemorates the 50th anniversary of the war. Basically a collection of vivid news reports and analyses by observers and participants on all major fronts (and a few minor ones), the chronologically arranged pieces are tied together by Commager's succinct exposition of the grand strategy. Most of the writers are American (Ernie Pyle, John Gunther, Eric Severeid, John Hersey, Martha Gellhorn and John Steinbeck among them), but there are also excellent contributions by British and Soviet correspondents and military officers. Most (yet far from all) entries concern battles. Typical non-operational pieces include President Roosevelt's call for national prayer and General Eisenhower's speech to the D-Day troops. The most unconventional entry: Pyotr Pavlenko describes how old Cossacks were brought out of retirement to teach Red Army soldiers to use the broadsword. This is a highly readable collection, noteworthy for its terrific sense of immediacy. Commager is the author of The Blue and the Gray and many other well-regarded historical works. (Nov.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781574887419
Publisher:
Potomac Books
Publication date:
01/31/2004
Series:
History of War
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

The dean of American historians, Henry Steele Commager (1902-98) was a professor of history at Columbia University and Amherst College. His dozens of other works include The American Mind, The Empire of Reason, and The Growth of the America Public (with Samuel Eliot Morrison).

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