Politics, War, and Personality: Fifty Iconic World War II Documents That Changed the World

Politics, War, and Personality: Fifty Iconic World War II Documents That Changed the World

by Kenneth Rendell


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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)


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780794839420
Publisher: Whitman Publishing
Publication date: 10/29/2013
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 11.04(w) x 9.36(h) x 0.82(d)

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