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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1008 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Edition edition (October 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743252195
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743252195
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 8 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,745,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David M. Kennedy is the Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History at Stanford University. He is the author of several books, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945.

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Lewis on December 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a very attractive and extensive survey of World War II. It should be invaluable to the student of the period, enlightening to the history enthusiast, and an important reference work for scholars. It has an emphasis on the American experience overall, but adequately covers the relative involvements of all the major national powers (and many minor ones) from the level of private citizens and front-line soldiers, to the generals and leaders of states. There are discussions of individual combat weapons and machines as well as the composition, strategy and movement of entire armed forces. Topics are liberally illustrated with photographs and artwork, and supported with many letters, personal experiences (such as those collected from the Veterans History Project), maps, charts, statistics, and quantitative analyses to help the reader absorb the information.

The text is concise and easy to read, and includes a 35 page index and well organized chapter headings to help the reader search out topics of interest. At the end of each chapter, the authors have compiled principle sources and further reading.

Overall, this is quite a comprehensive survey (at 942 pages of text), of a topic of profound importance. Highly recommended.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I find this book to be a very good resource. In addition it is very vell organized and easy to read. A very good book for students and people with a general interest in the subject.

(One error I did find was that Albert Speer's name was left off the list of defendants at the first Nuremberg trial on pages 927 and 928)
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Hamburger on November 23, 2008
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This is a companion that tells a lot about the war that has to do with the non-military aspects of the war -- homefront, media, politics, aftermath -- than the military aspects. Leaders, weapons and operations comprise less than one-third of the book. There are no index citations for the Battle of the Atlantic [although it is briefly mentioned in the portion of the book covering submarines], Matthew Ridgway, or James Gavin. The operations that are covered have a useful format of Primary Objective, Forces, Commanders, Military Losses, and Result, as well as a short synopsis of the operation.

The Companion is more useful as a secondary reference work than as a primary. There is similar information in greater detail in Wikipedia entries.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Billaknz on January 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Hello,
The books, Crusade in Europe by Eisenhower, and My Three Years with Eisenhower by Butcher, plus this book are some of the best books about WWII. The only thing really wrong with this book is that Eisenhower's name and picture are left out of the sections on military leaders of the USA and Allies. I didn't think an error of this type was possible. Like leaving Montgomery or Churchill out of the UK section. Regards, Bill
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Border Mom on July 14, 2013
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We wanted a desk reference on WWII to use while watching old movies (usually on TCM). I checked this title out of public library and then found a copy to purchase at Amazon.

What a bargain! Thank you.
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