The United States in World War II: 1941-1945

The United States in World War II: 1941-1945

by Christopher Collier
     
 

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History is dramatic -- and the renowned, award-winning authors Christopher Collier and James Lincoln Collier demonstrate this in a compelling series aimed at young readers. Covering American history from the founding of Jamestown through present day, these volumes explore far beyond the dates and events of a historical chronicle to present a moving illumination of the

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History is dramatic -- and the renowned, award-winning authors Christopher Collier and James Lincoln Collier demonstrate this in a compelling series aimed at young readers. Covering American history from the founding of Jamestown through present day, these volumes explore far beyond the dates and events of a historical chronicle to present a moving illumination of the ideas, opinions, attitudes and tribulations that led to the birth of this great nation.
The United States in World War II gives a history the years 1941 through 1945 from an American perspective. The authors discuss some of the ways the first World War led into the second, the events that drew the U.S. into the fighting, and the political, social, and economic effects of the war on our country. The text is enhanced with maps, photographs, and images of historic art.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
No single set of events had a greater effect upon history in the twentieth century than World War II. From the Japanese invasion of China in 1937 until the end of hostilities in 1945, over fifty million people died. Totalitarian nations such as Germany and Japan rose to become global empires only to crash and burn. Millions of other people found themselves the victims of horrible persecution in concentration camps solely because of their religion, race or ethnic background. War swept across Europe, Asia, North Africa, the Middle East and the world's oceans. In the end, World War II ushered in the nuclear age, the Cold War, the decline of old world empires and the rise of the United States as the dominant economic force in the world. This complex conflict is addressed by the authors of this volume in "The Drama of American History" series. While the military story of World War II is presented in reasonable detail, so too are social changes wrought by the war such as women workers, racial advancements and life on the home front. All in all this is a fine introduction to the Second World War and a book that includes numerous striking illustrations. 2002, Benchmark Books, $29.93. Ages 10 to 14. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck
School Library Journal
Gr 6-10-These titles discuss political and institutional history. Changing Face focuses on two phenomena: post-World War II prosperity and the change in attitudes toward behavior. Civil rights and segregation are covered, as are the counterculture, advances in science and technology, immigration, and an aging nation. In Middle Road, the terms democrat, republican, liberal, and conservative are defined. Readers learn how these philosophies dominated and shifted during the years covered in this volume. World War II provides background on American sentiments prior to U.S. involvement in the war. The authors contend that it may have played out differently if some countries, including the U.S., had been prepared and/or willing to become involved sooner. Fascist ideology is defined. Although there is no new information in these titles, the 55-year perspective on American politics and society will interest some readers. However, occasionally the information is too brief; for example, in Changing Face, it is noted that, "today drug use is commonplace," destroying "millions of American lives." Doc Gooden and Darryl Strawberry are named as examples, but the circumstances of the damage are not mentioned, which may confuse some readers. More important, there are no footnotes for quoted matter. Clear, full-color and black-and-white photographs and drawings are well captioned. Each volume can stand alone, but readers are sometimes referred to other titles in the series for additional information. Because of this and other issues mentioned, consider these additional purchases where the need exists.-Kathleen Simonetta, Indian Trails Public Library District, Wheeling, IL Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781620645291
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
11/09/2012
Series:
Drama of American History Series , #20
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
96
File size:
10 MB
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Born in New York City in 1928, author James Lincoln Collier is beloved by young readers in particular for the award-winning historical novels he has written with his brother, historian Christopher Collier. A graduate of Hamilton College, Collier served in the U.S. Army after college and then worked as a magazine editor for several years. Perhaps his most famous children's book is the Newbery Honor Book he wrote with his brother, the popular Revolutionary War story My Brother Sam Is Dead. The father of two children, Collier is also an accomplished trombone player. He lives in New York City, where he continues to write and play jazz music. Christopher Collier was born in New York City in 1930. He attended Clark University where he earned his B.A. and he received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University. He has taught school in Connecticut and at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is currently Professor of American History at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. Like his brother James, Christopher Collier is by avocation a musician (his instruments are the trumpet and flugelhorn). He and his wife Bonnie live in Orange, Connecticut, in an old (1790) house they have restored. He is the father of two sons and a daughter.

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