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The Good Fight : How World War II Was Won Hardcover – May 1, 2001
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Each chapter features one of the most important campaigns, players, situations, or battles, with a full-page, often chilling photograph covering half the two-page spread and inset photos on the narrative page as well. Quick Facts boxes appear in every chapter to highlight interesting and relevant details. Large campaign and battlefield maps are interspersed throughout. Readers will come away with a painfully real sense of what life was like in the 1930s and '40s for the soldiers, families, women workers (Rosie the Riveter is included, of course), heroes, and victims of this most devastating, cruel war. (Ages 14 and older) --Emilie Coulter
From Publishers Weekly
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Top Customer Reviews
This book is a brief pictoral history of the war from the American perspective. The book's format is to take about 30 themes and develop them briefly. The tools used are brief essays, moving quotes from participants, photographs, and battle maps. Most subjects are handled in two pages (including photographs), but some go on to become four pages (such as the Holocaust). My only complaint about the book is that some photographs are reproduced in one color that makes the detail hard to see. Black would have been less appealing, but the photographs would have been easier to examine.
Those who know Professor Ambrose's work will recognize the quotes. Sergeant Mike Ranney of Easy Company in the 101st tells this story about speaking with his grandson.
"'Grandpa, were you a hero in the war?'
'No,' I answered, 'but I served in a company of heroes.'"
Quotes like that are worth the price of the book for conveying the World War II experience to this generation of Americans.
The book is good for pointing out problems and injustice. You see black Americans training with World War I guns. You see Japanese-Americans being interned in concentration camps.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought it for my grandson but I read it before I gave it to him. It's wonderful and concise so not too difficult for an 11 year old. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very surprised the book doesn't cover the crucial role of Soviet Union in Second world war which human loss was the largest among other nations - 27 million people. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Anton Leonov
It is an excellent very easy read and can give you a foundational history of WWII especially for a young reader. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Julie Graham
Great book for younger/hesitant/resistant readers to learn about WWII. Stephen Ambrose is the THE World War II Historian and this book is full of information (even if in brief),... Read morePublished 24 months ago by moms2398
This thin (96 pages), but large, book is a colorful look at the United States’ participation in World War II. Read morePublished on July 2, 2014 by The Reviewer Formerly Known as Kurt Johnson
I bought this for my grandson who is interested in history. Great photos, maps and descriptions of most of the battles.Published on June 4, 2014 by Ruth Ensing
Good book for younger people who have not been taught true history about WWII. I breaks down the major battles and give side notes to explain the results and the costs of human... Read morePublished on February 1, 2014 by Lela A. Cozart