The World War II Bookshelf: 50 Must-Read Books

The World War II Bookshelf: 50 Must-Read Books

by James F. Dunnigan
     
 

In this definitive guide, renowned military analyst James F. Dunnigan chooses fifty books from the many thousands published about World War II as being the most worthy of a place in any library. Taken together, these books provide invaluable insight into the scope of the war, the theaters of operation, and the new technologies the war made possible.

 

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Overview

In this definitive guide, renowned military analyst James F. Dunnigan chooses fifty books from the many thousands published about World War II as being the most worthy of a place in any library. Taken together, these books provide invaluable insight into the scope of the war, the theaters of operation, and the new technologies the war made possible.

     
Dunnigan’s commentary on each title includes not only an analysis of the book’s major themes but also its particular significance and value in the literature of the war. From General George S. Patton’s brutally honest, personal narrative of his march across Western Europe, War As I Knew It, to Studs Terkel’s acclaimed oral history, The Good War, Dunnigan chooses books that offer powerful and moving journeys into the heart of battle, whether on land, on sea, or in the air. These include first-hand accounts by military and political leaders such as Dwight Eisenhower and Winston Churchill; classic historical overviews, such as William L. Shirer’s The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich and Samuel Eliot Morison’s The Two-Ocean War; books about war from our allies perspective, such as Alexander Werth’s Russia at War; and books of more specialized interest, such as The Wizard War: British Scientific Intelligence, 1939-1945.

    

More than sixty years after the war’s end, these books bear powerful witness

to the conflict that changed the world. Dunnigan’s list and commentary are bound

to spur lively and heated discussion—and lead readers to the discovery of other

books and other points of view. 

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760793510
Publisher:
Barnes & Noble
Publication date:
07/19/2007
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

James F. Dunnigan is the author of more than twenty books on military subjects, including The Perfect Soldier, How to Make War, and The Next War Zone. He is a consultant to the State Department, the CIA, and the Army War College.

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