The United States in World War II: 1941-1945 [NOOK Book]

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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.
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The United States in World War II: 1941-1945

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Overview

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.
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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
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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781620645291
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/9/2012
  • Series: Drama of American History Series , #20
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 645,457
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • File size: 10 MB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2007

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    If you¿re ready to learn more about World War II, I¿ve got the perfect book for you. My book, The United States in World War II, by Christopher Collier, is a fantastic true account on World War II. Although it mainly focuses on the United States, it is still extremely interesting and informing. The category that this book would fall in would be history, because it is on a war in our past. Next I¿m going to give you a summary of what this entire book explains about, so read on. I didn¿t know it was possible to learn this much in one book! I was amazed by how many people died, over 25 million, mostly Russians. There were two men who knew that the United States needed to go to war, and stop Hitler (who was one of the main causes of the war). Those men were Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill. Many historians believed that WWII was just a continuation of WWI. Some interesting effects of the war are that the atomic bomb was invented and intentionally dropped which killed 80,000 citizens of Japan instantly. The Japanese actually had a chance to end the war when the US offered to surrender but the Japanese accept it which infuriated the Americans enough to seek revenge. Believe it or not, there were actually some benefits from the war also. One is that it gave many people jobs which helped recover from the Great Depression. Another benefit is that the US learned not to keep all ships at one base from the Pearl Harbor attack. To find some strengths and weaknesses read on! There were many strengths in this book about WWII. One strength is that it really helped me to understand a lot about the depressing drama and sadness of the war. Also the book explained in great detail about particular roles of certain soldiers and generals. Such as when an American bomber came so close to a Japanese platform when he dropped his bomb he exploded himself up too. However, I think too much detail in other areas was a weakness because it made certain portions boring and does not really flow with the book, which happened here when it discussed which counties chose different governments. In my opinion, another weakness of this book was that it should have explained more about the Holocaust which was barely mentioned. My overall opinion on this book is that it is very interesting, but is a little too overly detailed for young readers. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes history or would like to learn more about the United States in World War II. That is what I think about my book, The United States in World War II.

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