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World War II (39 Volume Set) Hardcover – January 1, 1978


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Time-Life Books, Inc.; Retail (Not Ex Libris) edition (1978)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000MC7H4I
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 16 x 13 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 50 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,036,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By DACHokie VINE VOICE on December 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Over 30 years ago, my father received the first volume of this series ("Prelude to War") as a trial offer and i thoroughly enjoyed it ... my budding interest in "all things World War II" had started by then and we received subsequent volumes every other month. Only problem was that my father didn't know how interested I was in the books and cancelled the subscription after 3 volumes. Although I knew there were additional volumes (and purchased a few that I saw in bookstores as I grew older), it wasn't until after I graduated from college that I began calling booksellers on my quest to find all the remaining volumes(this was before the internet). Fortunately, I was able to complete the 39 volume set at modest cost (the books were out-of-print by then).

What makes this collection valuable is the way the books are organized, both as a set and each individual volume. ALL facets of World War II are covered. While some volumes exclusively cover obvious topics such as the Battle of Britain and D-Day; other volumes are dedicated entirely to lesser-known topics like: "Prisoners of War", "War in the Outposts" (battles in remote areas), "Battles for Scandinavia", "The Secret War" (spies/espionage) and several volumes focusing on the home fronts of Italy, Germany, Japan and the US.

Each volume is broken down into several chapters. Each chapter leads with a mini table-of-contents with several text lines pulled from various part of the chapter. I found these little teasers to be very effective in compelling me to read the book rather than just look at the pictures. But, I must admit, it is the multitude of pictures and the quality of the pictures (several in color) that really sold me on this collection ... they are simply captivating.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jack D. Ehler on October 29, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I purchased these books from Time Life Books when they were sending out one book every other month. I would complete the reading of one book before the next one would arrive. I asked Time Life to send them all at once, which they wouldn't do. But I did receive each the 39 books and read every one. At this point I haven't quite had the books for 40 years, but they are still in good shape. My son got interested in WWII and has read many of the books too.
When I purchased them, WWII had ended just over 30 years ago,and so seemed to me to be a monumental historical recent event. I wanted to learn as much as I could about the war. The books are very informative and interesting. If you have an interest in WWII and can obtain the complete set in good condition I think you will be pleased.
We moved in June 2013 and the books have been packed away in boxes now for some five months. I just got them out and placed in a new bookcase which I why I happened to write a review so many years after purchase. I went online to see if the 39 books I have represented the total or if I may have some more books still boxed. All present and accounted for.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Roni James on February 7, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
These books are well written and totally informative. A great gift for the WWII buff of any age. Time Life does it so well.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R-Train on February 9, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I won't add much more than what others have said - just know that if you're interested in World War II, this set, or any volumes within the set, are worth getting if you can find them.
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