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Product Details

  • Series: The Complete Idiot's Guide
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Alpha; 1 edition (October 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0028627350
  • ISBN-13: 978-0028627359
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 7.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,651,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

You're no idiot, of course. You know World War II was the "Good War," when America joined its allies to rid the world of evil. But when it comes to understanding the war and its impact, you feel like you're lost behind enemy lines. Don't surrender yet! From Hitler and Stalin to Roosevelt and Churchill, The Complete Idiot's Guide to World War II arms you with the facts on this vital piece of world history, In this Complete Idiot's Guide, you get comprehensive information on:

About the Author

Mitchell Bard, Ph.D., authored Forgotten Victims: The Abandonment of Americans in Hitler's Camps, among other books. The executive director of the nonprofit American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise, he is also the author of The Complete Idiot's Guide(r) to Middle East Conflict, Second Edition. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Mitchell Bard is the Executive Director of the nonprofit AMERICAN-ISRAELI
COOPERATIVE ENTERPRISE (AICE) and one of the leading authorities on U.S.-
Middle East policy. Dr. Bard is also the director of the
Jewish Virtual Library (www.JewishVirtualLibrary.org), the world's most
comprehensive online encyclopedia of Jewish history and culture.

Dr. Bard has appeared on the BBC, Fox News, al-Jazeera, NBC, CBC, the
Jenny Jones Show and other local and national television and radio
outlets. His work has been published in academic journals, magazines and
major newspapers. He has written and edited 22 books. His newest
book is Israel Matters: Understand the Past - Look to the Future. He has also
written:

The Arab Lobby: The Invisible Alliance that Undermines America's Interests in the Middle East
Israel Studies: An Anthology (coeditor with David Nachmias)
Will Israel Survive?
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Middle East Conflict (4th edition)
48 Hours of Kristallnacht
The Founding of Israel
The Complete Idiot's Guide to World War II
Myths And Facts: A Guide to the Arab-Israeli Conflict
1001 Facts Everyone Should Know About Israel
Forgotten Victims: The Abandonment of Americans in Hitler's Camps
The Holocaust (Turning Points in World History)
The Nuremberg Trials (At Issue in History)
The Nuremberg Trials (Eyewitness to History)
From Tragedy to Triumph: The Politics Behind the Rescue of Ethiopian Jews
The Complete History of the Holocaust
The Water's Edge And Beyond: Defining the Limits to Domestic Influence on U.S. Middle East Policy
Partners for Change: How U.S.-Israel Cooperation Can Benefit America
U.S.-Israel Relations: Looking to the Year 2000
Building Bridges: Lessons For America From Novel Israeli Approaches To Promote Coexistence
On One Foot: A Middle East Guide for the Perplexed or How to Respond on Your Way to Class When Your Best Friend Joins an Anti-Israel Protest
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding the Brain

Bard holds a Ph.D. in political science from UCLA and a master's degree in public policy from
Berkeley. He received his B.A. in economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

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This book gives the perfect overview of such a gigantic subject.
Jeff Smith
I recommend this book to anyone either just getting into the events of World War II or need some more facts about it.
A. Mattar
The book is filled with scattered bits of information like that.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By David Traill VINE VOICE on November 17, 2001
Format: Paperback
As a high school teacher of college-level material, I will not prepare a class lecture on World War II without this book. It is easy to read, explains things very well, and has so many interesting details that no one can read through it without learning something new on each page. This coming from someone whose favorite reading subject IS WW2.
This book will help anyone understand World War II, and is a lifesaver to those of us who need fast reference in clear English.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Charles Ashbacher HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 7, 2000
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As the generation that lived it fades from view, the memories must not pass as well. The events that led to the only true worldwide war are almost unknown among the younger generation. While they do cover the events of the war in their classes, the incremental incidents that paved the way are often ignored. It took several years of piecemeal surrender and manipulation before the war became a truly hot one. Most of the history of the last half century cannot be understood without this knowledge. Nearly one fourth of the book is devoted to this topic, with many significant events highlighted. The most telling quote is one from Adolf Hitler immediately after the surrender at Munich, "I saw my enemies at Munich and they are worms."
As one who is fascinated by the events that led to this conflagration, the most impressive parts of this book are the honesty of the presentation. Some may argue that the war in the Pacific is cast in a secondary light, which is true and that this is a flaw in the book, which is wrong. Despite the importance of the Pacific theater, Germany in conjunction with her allies of Austria, Italy, Finland, Hungary, Rumania, and Bulgaria was by far the stronger foe. In reality, the war was won on the snow swept plains of Western Russia. It was there that the overwhelming majority of battle casualties occurred and the mighty German army was reduced to a shell. If it were not for this, the allies could not have successfully invaded North Africa, much less Western Europe.
Events such as the "success" of the evacuation at Dunkirk are also placed in their true context. A rout led to the evacuation and nearly all of their equipment and ammunition was abandoned, only to be used by the Germans against their other foes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Judy on June 21, 2000
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"The Complete Idiot's Guide to World War II" is definately an "easy-read"...but it is a fascinating one as well. For instance, did you know that "Nazi" was originally a term of derision? Or why Hitler's Germany was called the "Third Reich"? (What were the first two "Reichs"?) The book is filled with scattered bits of information like that.
You'll find much information in easy-to-read little boxes under such titles as: "GI Jargon", "War Lore", and "Ask the General". Each chapter also has several divisions with titles which make one want to read more: "Hindenburg Without the Air", "Stalin's D-Day", "War is Easy as ABC", "War Without Rules", "Hungry for Hungary", "What's Different About the Jews", "Bataan Death March". Every chapter ends with a section titled: "The Least You Need To Know", which is a summary/review of what you just read.
If I were to find fault with this book, the only shortcoming would be the fact that the War in the Pacific receives short change. The author of this book seemed much more interested in the War in Europe.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By meiringen on December 25, 2000
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Excellent overview of one of the most written-about subjects in our lifetime. Bard gives us many familiar facts, but also includes information not found in many books, such as about Berga, the POW camp for Jewish soldiers.
Easy to read, well-organized, and with an extensive bibliography. A book not just for beginners in history, but a informative book for everyone. Highly recommended!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By american war buff on April 9, 2005
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there are so many books on ww 2 itself as well as individual battles fought in ww 2. for the novice or a person who wants a general overview of this war should start here. the book starts off with the end of the first war and the build up of the second world war. it touches on key battles and a few lesser known ones. the book ends with how nations are rebuilding and US and USSR start an arms race - basically starting the cold war. overall this book is terrific! a must!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Calvin on October 23, 1999
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Definitely not the typical book of war history here. Instead of focusing on only one point of the war (i.e. the diplomacy or strategy) this book gives a very informative overview of the events leading up to the war as well as the important happenings during the great conflict. The book also provides interesting side-bar facts that help tie today's world to the world of that time. An excellent account, and a great addition to anyone's history library.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Ptak on March 14, 2005
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I enjoyed this book as a overview of WWII. I would have liked to see more grahphics, maps, timelines, etc. Sometimes a page is spent trying to explain something that could have been much easier to visulize with a map or diagram.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Mattar on August 18, 2004
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An easy read from the begining. IT details events that shaped the pathway to World War II and the rise and fall of the Third Reich and how they managed to defeat themselves. It also proves a EXTREMLY important point as to the reason why we SHOULD get invloved in foreign affairs and not let them escalate.

It discusses how Hitler wanted to shape Europe into his empire and how backstabbing the Russians were and so forth. It is detailed in a lot of places but I would have preffered more pictures and a little more details in some aspects.

I recommend this book to anyone either just getting into the events of World War II or need some more facts about it.
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