Children's LiteratureWorld War II remains the most destructive conflict in global history. In six years over fifty million people perished because of the ambition of a few dictatorial leaders and their minions. In a war that spanned the globe, men, women, and children died in a conflict that did not differentiate between civilian and military foes. America entered this war after the Japanese surprise attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. For four years American servicemen and women waged an unrelenting struggle to defeat the Axis Powers. In battles with primarily the German and Japanese forces, American military personnel helped stem the tide of aggression and liberate vast areas of the key theaters of operation. In World War II Virginia Schomp continues her "Letters from the Battlefront" series. As in the other four books in this excellent series, Mrs. Schomp combines a deft hand with historical narrative with a touching collection of wartime letters. The author traces the course of the war in a concise yet comprehensive manner. Keynote events are amplified by the insertion of fascinating letters drafted during those tumultuous days. Taken as a whole this approach offers an insightful glimpse of the World War II experience as seen by the men and women who served through those years. Thus, this book will be a fine addition to the library of any youngster who has an interest in World War II or military history in general. 2004, Marshall Cavendish, Ages 12 up.
Greg M. Romaneck