World War II

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A comprehensive modern reference book all about World War II for expert readers.

It’s nearly 70 years since World War II ended, but its after effects are still shaping our world. Nicknamed THE DEADLIEST CONFLICT IN HISTORY, it claimed at least 50 million lives. It was also the backdrop to atrocities we are still struggling to comprehend, notably the Holocaust and the dropping of atomic bombs on Japan. Discover More: World War II charts the course of the war, from the rise of ...

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Overview


A comprehensive modern reference book all about World War II for expert readers.

It’s nearly 70 years since World War II ended, but its after effects are still shaping our world. Nicknamed THE DEADLIEST CONFLICT IN HISTORY, it claimed at least 50 million lives. It was also the backdrop to atrocities we are still struggling to comprehend, notably the Holocaust and the dropping of atomic bombs on Japan. Discover More: World War II charts the course of the war, from the rise of Nazism to Hitler's suicide in April 1945. Moving first-hard accounts bring history to life and show how individuals experienced the war, be they military or civilian, adult or child. In addition to a wealth of contemporary photographs, there are detailed cutaway artworks that reveal the inner workings of vehicles that defined the war: the German U-boat, Sherman tank, and Liberator bomber.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Greg M. Romaneck
World War Two remains the deadliest conflict in human history. By recent estimates over sixty million human beings lost their lives in a war that touched nearly every part of the globe. In Europe, the Nazi war machine constructed under the twisted leadership of Adolf Hitler was eventually smashed to pieces. In the Pacific Theater of Operations, the militaristic forces of Imperial Japan surged to early victories only to ultimately experience utter defeat at the hands of the Allied Powers. World War Two inflicted suffering not only on frontline soldiers but also on the civilian populations of the warring nations. In fact, unlike most prior wars, it was the civilians that bore the brunt of suffering as total war strategies focused destructive attention on the various home fronts. In this visual history of that destructive war, Author Callery combines a wealth of information into a densely illustrated format. Using historical time lines, themed segments of text, and a potpourri approach to facts this publication will appeal to readers with any sort of interest in the topic. Of particular interest are the creative visual approaches that show how a German submarine was constructed or the inner workings of a tank. In addition, the periodic insert of eyewitness accounts augment the storyline and help readers to see what actual participants experienced in the war years. While this is a supplementary text not intended to be a comprehensive review of critical events and leaders during World War Two, it does provide valuable information to readers. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—This title does an excellent job of presenting World War II in a nutshell. The text is divided into five chapters: "The Path to War," "Europe & the Atlantic War," the Pacific theater, Africa & the Middle East, and the end of the war. Each section is divided into several two-page topics. The title page of each chapter asks three questions that are answered in the text. It is followed by a two-page time line with boxed information and vintage photos (some are color enhanced). Single images fill other spreads. The format is somewhat busy with randomly spaced photos, paragraphs, charts, graphs, cutaways, and maps. A colored band down the outer right margin of some pages features a "more here" reference that lists subjects to research, further reading, TV and movies, historical sites, activities, and a mini glossary. A special code permits readers to log on to a website that has several interactive buttons with topics such as "Child Heroes," "On the Front Lines," "Animal Heroes," "Secrets and Spies," "Heroes at Home," and "Everyday Heroes and Heroines." Even with the plethora of titles on the subject, this selection is a first purchase.—Eldon Younce, Anthony Public Library, KS
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545479752
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2013
  • Series: Scholastic Discover More Series
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 231,330
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: IG1030L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.64 (w) x 10.46 (h) x 0.58 (d)

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