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World War II: 1939-1945 (See American History) Hardcover – November 8, 2016
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James I. Robertson, Jr. is nationally recognized American historian and the author of a number of books, including the ALA award-winning biography Stonewall Jackson.
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A lot is covered in less than 50 pages. There are numerous topics like the battle of Britain, and D-Day, and the sinking of the Yamato. Each is accompanied by the gorgeous paintings of Mort Künstler. His art conveys action, like ships being dive bombed by planes, or Corsairs in action, or commandos storming the beach with rifles ready and grenades on their suspenders. It's a mostly American perspective, so it starts at Pearl Harbor. That means it covers both the European and Pacific theaters of operation, so things like the Battle of the Bulge and raising the flag on Iwo Jima get covered.
I grew up watching war movies on television. My favorites were The Longest Yard and Guadalcanal Diary. I think this is a pretty good overview, but the atomic bomb chapter felt a little abrupt. I think it needs to be included, but it's more complicated than the single page it gets at the end of the book. The paintings are great and any youngster that likes non-fiction like I did would probably really like this.
I received a review copy of this ebook from Abbeville Kids and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.