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World War II: The People's Story

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ISBN 10: 0762103760 / ISBN 13: 9780762103768
Published by Reader's Digest, 2003
Used Condition: Good Hardcover
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Title: World War II: The People's Story

Publisher: Reader's Digest

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Includes dust jacket.

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A tribute to the ordinary men, women, and children who recall their experiences during World War II. Complete with a 70-minute audio CD that dramatically relates their stories. With a foreword by CBS correspondent Mike Wallace, this first-hand chronological history compiled from historical archives, includes 450 contemporary and rarely seen photos and illustrations to describe a world consumed by war.

From Publishers Weekly:

This large and fine illustrated history of World War II through the participants' eyes is far above the conventional nostalgia piece. The personal accounts cover an amazing variety of experiences. The Blitz and the Battle of the Atlantic are seen through children's eyes. Operation Barbarossa pulls a German tank officer in. We watch the last fight of the Bismarck as seen from the British battleship Rodney and an Australian soldier fighting the Japanese in the swamps of New Guinea-and this just skims the surface. The accounts are remarkably well balanced between American and British, less so between the Atlantic/European theaters and the Pacific. The Germans are well represented, the Russians and the Japanese less so. Short sections provide clearly written studies of special topics, such as the Battle of Britain, jet fighters, the Navajo code talkers and the Japanese internment camps. Even more outstanding is the quantity and quality of the photographs, managing to be comprehensive and comparatively free of overdone chestnuts. On three successive (early) pages one finds wounded civilians in Warsaw, Winston Churchill on the day he became prime minister and in a classic bulldog pose and a British magazine cover of French soldiers in physical training. Similar visual riches occur all through the book, and the CD (not heard by PW) includes live eyewitness accounts.
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