From the best-selling author of World War II: Saving the Reality comes a new book that gathers 50 of the most important and iconic documents of the biggest war in human history. Kenneth W. Rendell tells the dramatic stories of these history-drenched documents, each one part of his outstanding collection in the Museum of World War II.
Inside you'll find:
- A hand-written letter by Benito Mussolini, around 1908: "Life in this semi-wild village of my birth is beginning to weigh on me, and to get away from it I got an idea. . . ."
- The 1933 order by which Hindenburg gave in to Adolf Hitler's demands- leading to what would be the last elections held in Weimar Germany.
- A program outlining the Nazi Party's original platform, with a colored sketch by Hitler.
- Franklin Roosevelt's letter to the people of France after their defeat by Germany.
- The first urgent message sent during the Japanese attack in 1941: "Air raid on Pearl Harbor X This is no drill."
- Japan's declaration of war against the United States.
- A poignant letter from General Dwight Eisenhower to his wife-the most revealing letter of a commander-in-chief in wartime.
- A letter from Winston Churchill to Josef Stalin, deciding the fate of Poland.
- The communiqué signed by Eisenhower, announcing the D-Day landings on the northern coast of France.
- A letter from General George S. Patton, describing the Battle of the Bulge-as it was happening.
- A note from Oscar Schindler, who saved Polish Jews by putting them on his list of "factory workers"-"Mrs. Kellner is to be considered a Swedish citizen and is to be exempted from bearing the distinctive Jewish sign."
- Hitler's order of March 30, 1945, one month before his suicide, ordering the fanatical defense of Berlin.
- A letter from Franklin Roosevelt, five days before his death, writing of "complete victory over our enemies."
- General MacArthur's draft of the surrender terms for Japan.
- Hermann Goering's detention report from Nuremberg.
- Letters from Anne Frank's father and aunt after the war.
- A letter from Harry Truman, 1957, explaining the necessity of dropping the atomic bombs.
- and many more historic and profoundly important documents
"Ken Rendell-master collector, literary sleuth, and historian-has given us a book that I will long treasure and restudy. Thousands of others will do the same." - John S.D. Eisenhower (retired ambassador, U.S. Army brigadier general, son of Dwight D. Eisenhower)