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The World at Arms: Reader's Digest Illustrated History of World War II Hardcover – August 1, 1989


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  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Reader's Digest; 1st edition (August 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895773333
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895773333
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1.4 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One might have expected that Reader's Digest eventually would decide to condense World War II, but they have done a respectable job of it. The result is a solid and surprisingly detailed reprise of the combat actions, weapons, and major personalities of the war years, served up in bite-sized feature sections. The book is heavily illustrated with photographs (few of them timeworn), maps, drawings, and paintings, as well as numerous "information boxes." Much of the color work is taken from John Macdonald's Great Battles of World War II (Macmillan, 1986), which the book strongly resembles in format. This is a good buy for public libraries and YA collections.
- Raymond L. Puffer, U.S. Air Force History Prog., Los Angeles
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tony Banik on June 24, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This sprawling, massive book is filled with information about every aspect of the war, starting with the events leading up to the German invasion of Poland, the campaign that launched the War, and doesn't stop until the Nuremberg trials in 1946. This book was used in a World War II college course I took, and I couldn't have asked for a better study guide. A bit dry at times, definitely not a book you would take to the beach, but still a worthy buy for anyone looking to gain knowledge about the War, or for history buffs needing a good reference book. It contains a vast array of color pictures, weapons, and maps. It even has details about the soldiers from all countries involved in the War(what type of clothing a traditional Australian soldier wore, types of weapons they used, etc.) Also of importance are the informative sections that highlight what certain officers, generals, and leaders did before and after the War(Himmler, Patton, Rommel). Buy this book, you won't be disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jason S. Taylor on August 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover
World War II is one of the the most mythologized wars in the history of civilization. It is not hard to see why. It had larger then life heros and villains, epic deeds of valor and unbelievable deeds of evil. And yet unfortunately it was all to real. My maternal grandfather, an artillery observer to Big Red One came back from a gallant performance in France with a mild but unpleasant streak of PTSD. He was one of the lucky ones. To this day, every few years a hapless child stumbles upon a patch of unexploded ordinance and contributes yet another casualty. There are still Jews, Gypsies, Poles, or otherwise "out-of-favors" that carry a tatoo, or remember enduring the torturer's dark arts. And there is still wreckage to be found on the far-flung battlefields. It was a war far more complex then many realize, with many perspectives to be found from many nations and individuals. It left some nations flat on their backs, created knew nations, and left America with a power that it's leaders may or may not have wanted but it's people certainly did not. Legends are fun except for those who are forced to participate in them.

This volume shows the war in it's complexity over all the world. It gives a little glimpse into just how big a war it was. It shows pictures, diagrams and descriptions from famous campaigns and campaigns only specialists know about. It gives them all in a chatty Reader's Digest manner which allows ease of reading. It is not a scholarly work as such, and does not have new insights or controversial arguments. Some would even accuse it of "printing the legend" (though much of the legend is in fact true; truer then many would wish) . It certainly does not consider it necessary to delve deep into the horror of it all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rebelinblue on September 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover
i now have a good over all picture of the events of ww2 so when i watch band of brothers or arnhem or the pacific i can put those things into perspective of why they were happening,i remember reading that admiral yamamoto knew that japan could not beat the USA in an all out war and he said that before pearl harbour,well ive got to hand it to him he was a man of foresight,after reading about the pacific war in this book the US naval power was truely awesome not one but two mighty fleets struck out to attack what japan had over ran, one towards the philippines and one towards japan and all this while helping their allies to launch D day, make no mistake the allies could not have achieved this with out american assistance,i didnt realise any of this untill i read this book,meanwhile on the eastern front the red army launched its assault on the reich for this they had some 6.5 million men 5600 tanks some 90,000 field guns and just under 9000 aircraft to do this with,if hitler and hirohito could have gone back to the future and read this they may not have been so cocky there is probably nothing new in here for people who know about this war but if you want a good overall view or your new to ww2 history this is a good start ive really enjoyed reading it and its well illustrated too.
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