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"The quotes from the primary sources are informative at a level that secondary narrative and analysis cannot provide. They bring one face to face with the suffering and inhumanity, and occasional humanity, of those experiencing these events. Most students would undoubtedly cite these quotes as among the most interesting aspects of the book."
"I would have no trouble whatsoever in teaching with this text. It addresses the important topics and provides an excellent overview of the war. There are areas which do not appear in other brief histories, i.e., the war against the Jews, the Allies, and the controversies generated by the action (or inaction) of various groups."
"Perry (Baruch College, City U. of New York) has done a superb job of condensing the immensely complicated events of the Second World War into a short, readable narrative, in part through a long focus that extends from the rise of Hitler through the aftermath of the war and its impact on European thought, politics, and culture. The Holocaust is treated as a separate 'war' within Hitler's many wars, with discussion of all the elements of how the extermination was carried out, the European attitudes towards Jews, and the ideology of National Socialism, demonstrating the historical context that allowed Hitler's ideas to prevail. The separate campaigns of the war are described concisely, with sections that address related issues, including later interpretations of each campaign's effect on the overall war. Each chapter concludes with a chronology summarizing the events described."