The World War II Bookshelf: Fifty Must-Read Books on the History, Strategy, and Tactics of Warby James F. Dunnigan
Unlike any conflict before or since, World War II was a truly worldwide war, with dozens of nations participating in significant battles in virtually every corner of the globe. In this definitive guide, military analyst James F. Dunnigan chooses fifty titles out of the many thousands of books published on the subject as being the most worthy of a place in your library. He includes incisive commentary on such important volumes as General George S. Patton Jr.'s classic tome War As I Knew It -- a personal and brutally honest narrative of the famed leader's march across Western Europe -- and Studs Terkel's acclaimed oral history A Good War, with its riveting day-to-day accounts of the fighting men of many nations.
The books Dunnigan chooses offer powerful and moving journeys into the heart of battle. Go behind the scenes with The Wizard War: British Scientific Intelligence, 1939-1945 by R. V. Jones, and witness the terror and tragedy of civilians caught up in war's savagery in Russia at War by Alexander Werth. The selections cover the gamut of conflict -- in the air, on land, and beneath the waves -- from Samuel Eliot Morison's The Two-Ocean War: A Short History of the United States Navy in the Second World War to The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William L. Shirer. More than half a century after the war's end, these books bear powerful witness to the conflict that changed the future of our world. Dunnigan's essays are candid and controversial, sure to spur discussion and further investigation into a world in flames.
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