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World War II, Unknown Binding – January 1, 1970


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  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: American Heritage Press (1970)
  • ASIN: B002FVDUEK
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By matt.dereno@alcoa.com on July 28, 1998
Format: Paperback
This book is more like a manual to keep handy when reading about, or watching any film concerning World War II. It serves as refresher for those more familiar with details and the intricacies of the war. I find it is a very fast read and conveys with skillful simplicity the overall picture, timeframe, and key events of the war. For instance, I found this book lying around undisturbed for the past five or so years, since I graduated with a degree in History. It was the perfect book to swallow just before going to see the latest Hollywood take on th war in "Saving Private Ryan". Although, I will agree, if details on any particular subject of the war is what you are seeking you are bound to be disappointed. I would reccommend this book as a satisfying appeteizer before digesting any monumental interest in World War II. A perfect refresher!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 30, 1997
Format: Paperback
This book is one of the finest simple book about WW II. Everything is neatly packed and introduced. The author divides this book into several chapter, indeed, a very smart division that makes easier to read and understand. This book is definitely for the beginners, as an introduction for they who do not know about WW II. For readers who claim themselves as WW II experts or intermediates, buying this book means wasting money for the they must have known all the information in it. That this book is lack of details is acceptable, for we can not envelope the whole war in 300 pages, can we ?
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Format: Paperback
The author is a journalist, not a historian, and perhaps that is what saves this book from being the typical dry, technical account of the Second World War that most professional historians tend to produce. His terse, rapid-paced narrative is riveting, and he provides lively and colorful portraits of the major figures in the conflict. His opening line on Winston Churchill: "Remember him, for he saved all of you." The book was written before the Cold War ended, so it concludes with the observation that the war decisively settled some issues while creating new ones yet to be resolved...I wonder if the author lived to see the Berlin Wall fall in 1989. This book is not exhaustive in detail, but it has the virtue of being much more readable than many other more thorough and scholarly treatments of the war. A good account of what was for much of the world a very sad chapter of history, but what was arguably America's finest hour.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Harry Eagar VINE VOICE on September 23, 2009
Format: Paperback
I never thought much of C.L. Sulzberger as a news reporter and at first was going to pass his volume "World War II" by. But idly flipping its pages, I saw a few paragraphs about events -- trivial in themselves -- that he had seen himself while working for the New York Times. They were vivid and evocative. Hmm, I thought, perhaps this offers another look at the big event.

It sure does. A distorted, ignorant and often silly, but mercifully brief, view of a world war. Unfortunately, given the imprimatur of American Heritage, the best-known brand in American lite history, a good many people who are likely to read only one book about World War II are -- or were -- likely to make it this one.

Doing the war in fewer than 300 pages (the remainder is a chronology) calls for a deft hand and a fine sense of what was important. Sulzberger lacks the latter.

"The principal event of World War II was to be the rise of China," he wrote, in 1969, when that sounded even more fatuous than it does 40 years on.

Other remarkable assessments were of Stalin, who was "devoid of fear"; of Montgomery, "who never lost a battle" (except his invasion of Holland); and of "the positive factor of democratic vigor that brought the German Gotterdammderung."

By the last he means that Churchill's leadership of the British empire in 1940 preserved the possibility of a great coalition later. That's true, but the Gotterdammerung was composed in undemocratic Russia. Russia defeated Germany around October 1941, when it inflicted a casualty that the Germans could not replace.
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