World War II: An Encyclopedia of Quotations

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An all-encompassing book with more than a thousand quotations, this work breathes life into an era unprecedented in world history. Covering all aspects of the war, the volume includes more than 300 individuals from the Allies, the Axis, and the neutrals. It quotes the major political leaders, including Churchill, Hitler, Roosevelt, and Stalin, and military officers—not just Eisenhower, Marshall, and King, but also Montgomery, Rommel, Zhukov, and Yamamoto. It covers historians Shirer, Sherwood, and A.J.P. Taylor, journalists Pyle, Murrow, and Hersey, and diplomats Ciano and Ribbentrop. It also includes little known people—a Comfort Woman and an African American G.I. who watched German POWs eat in a restaurant that barred him. Also featured are a lexicon of slang terms, nicknames, and code words and sections on the movies and songs of the era.

Quotations come from traditional sources, enemy documents seized after the war, and hitherto secret archives. They come from speeches, news accounts, memoirs, and interviews, from captured documents and from Ultra and Magic—which broke the German and Japanese secrect codes. This volume is unlike any other book ever compiled on the war. It is for history buffs, World War II buffs, and all libraries.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Editor Langer has included the usual suspects, among them Churchill, Roosevelt, and Hitler, but also included many other people involved in the war--including diplomats, civilians, and journalists. Most of the sections that deal with complex battles or issues cover basic background, so that the reader is not left wondering who is making the quotation and what the historical connection is. Langer has also included a lexicon of World War II terms and a section on songs and movies. He has written two other books on historical quotations--History of the Holocaust (Jason Aronson, 1997) and American Indian Quotations (Greenwood, 1996). The book should be an important addition to any public or academic library, as well as specialized collections.--Mark E. Ellis, Albany State Univ., GA
Comprises quotations from some 300 individuals including major war leaders and their military staffs as well as diplomats, historians, warriors, civilians, journalists, intelligence officials, chaplains, scientists, and government officials. Each group appears in its own chapter, and there are chapters on anonymous and institutional quotations; on war movies, songs and the lexicon; and on slang words, code names, and nicknames. Some of the material included has only recently become available, such as the memoirs of Churchill and Marshall. An extensive bibliography and two indexes focus on individuals and on subject matter. Every item has been numbered to assist in locating selected references chosen by the editor. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313300189
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/30/1999
  • Pages: 470
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

HOWARD J. LANGER is an author and freelance writer.

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Table of Contents

Scope of This Book
1 The War Leaders 1
2 Military Officers 49
3 Government Officials 127
4 Diplomats 179
5 Warriors 201
6 Chaplains 229
7 Intelligence Officials and Spies 233
8 Scientists and Engineers 245
9 Journalists and Cartoonists 251
10 Historians and Biographers 281
11 Influential Personalities 313
12 Civilians 325
13 Institutional Quotations 337
14 Anonymous Quotations 359
15 War Movies 363
16 War Songs 373
17 War Lexicon 375
18 Miscellaneous Quotations 385
App.: Quotations by Category 425
Bibliography 431
Name Index 439
Subject Index 447
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