World War II: The Definitive Visual History
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World War II: The Definitive Visual History

by Richard Holmes
     
 

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World War II is divided into nine chronological chapters, each introduced by a general overview of the military and political situation. This is followed by a comprehensive timeline, covering events in all theaters of the war. The opening chapter analyzes the build-up of hostility in the years leading up the war, both in Europe and in the Pacific. Similarly

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World War II is divided into nine chronological chapters, each introduced by a general overview of the military and political situation. This is followed by a comprehensive timeline, covering events in all theaters of the war. The opening chapter analyzes the build-up of hostility in the years leading up the war, both in Europe and in the Pacific. Similarly the final chapter analyzes the immediate and long-term consequences of the war and the way it has shaped recent history. In the chapters that cover the events of the war itself, the main spreads move from one theater of war to another but are linked by an easy-to-use system of cross referencing to earlier events and the consequences of the actions described on the spread. The main spreads are interspersed with features, eyewitness accounts, and galleries of weaponry and equipment.

This title differs from DK's previous World War II title, in that it is a spread-by-spread account á la History (with "previous" and "following" tabs placing each spread in chronological context) of the war, rather than a narrative that needs to be read from start to finish.

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AMERICA IN WWII
Anyone whose interest in World War II extends beyond watching late-night reruns of John Wayne movies should have this book on the shelf. It’s not so much a narrative as a visually stunning chronology filled with photos, maps, time-lines, articles on everything from major battles to strategies, tidbits on sneaky spy gadgets and weapons, and insights into the gear and everything else soldiers of either side typically carried with them. You can think of this book as a kind of complete history in concentrated form. Each of the nine chapters opens with an overview of the military and political situation in the respective theaters during that chapter’s covered time period. The final section teaches that wars never simply start and end; they evolve from one form into another, and there are short- and long-term consequences. In the case of World War II, those consequences were and are widespread and profound.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756642785
Publisher:
DK
Publication date:
03/16/2009
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
12.04(w) x 10.16(h) x 1.09(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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