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With the same erudition, discernment, and crisp prose that made his A History of Warfare an international bestseller, Keegan surveys the literature of World War II, identifying the works he finds most important and illuminating while examining the sometimes savage controversies raised by two generations of the war's historians.

Review:

"In assessing the general histories, Mr. Keegan provides a thought-provoking essay on how our past dictates our present." John Glenn, The New York Times

Review:

"While there are some astute observations about the nature of historical writing here, [it] is essentially a lengthy bibliography....Ultimately, this will be of most help to amateurs of WWII who want to contextualize and expand their knowledge." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"[T]hrough a rigorous, fluid encapsulation of the war, this essay guides the next century's historian who reaches for the accolade, while pointing students less ambitious toward the finest available books." Gilbert Taylor, Booklist

Review:

"In this slim but not slight volume...Keegan offers a masterly overview of World War II....Keegan's work is the best brief introduction to the literature on the war in any language." Library Journal

Review:

"The distinguished military historian John Keegan has, in one slim volume, written an indispensable overview of World War II and a survey of the literature on the conflict." New York Times Book Review

Synopsis:

Although fifty years have passed since the end of World War II, there has as yet been no definitive history of that conflict. Existing histories have raised as many questions as they answer: Did President Roosevelt have foreknowledge of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor? Might bombing the Auschwitz railroad have impeded the course of the Holocaust? Now one of our most esteemed military historians assesses the literature that has emerged from World War II — and the controversies that have arisen from that literature — in a book that combines stunning erudition with crisp prose and highly personal discernment.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [119]-128).

About the Author

John Keegan's books include The First World War, The Battle for History, The Face of Battle, War and Our World, The Mask of Command, Fields of Battle, and A History of Warfare. He is the defense editor of The Daily Telegraph (London). He lives in Wiltshire, England.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780679767435
Author:
Keegan, John
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Historiography
Subject:
World War, 1939-1945 -- Historiography.
Subject:
World War, 19
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Military-World War II General
Subject:
history;wwii;military history;historiography;military;non-fiction;war
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Series Volume:
3
Publication Date:
January 1996
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
7.92x5.15x.37 in. .32 lbs.

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Product details 128 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780679767435 Reviews:
"Review" by , "In assessing the general histories, Mr. Keegan provides a thought-provoking essay on how our past dictates our present." John Glenn, The New York Times
"Review" by , "While there are some astute observations about the nature of historical writing here, [it] is essentially a lengthy bibliography....Ultimately, this will be of most help to amateurs of WWII who want to contextualize and expand their knowledge."
"Review" by , "[T]hrough a rigorous, fluid encapsulation of the war, this essay guides the next century's historian who reaches for the accolade, while pointing students less ambitious toward the finest available books."
"Review" by , "In this slim but not slight volume...Keegan offers a masterly overview of World War II....Keegan's work is the best brief introduction to the literature on the war in any language."
"Review" by , "The distinguished military historian John Keegan has, in one slim volume, written an indispensable overview of World War II and a survey of the literature on the conflict."
"Synopsis" by , Although fifty years have passed since the end of World War II, there has as yet been no definitive history of that conflict. Existing histories have raised as many questions as they answer: Did President Roosevelt have foreknowledge of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor? Might bombing the Auschwitz railroad have impeded the course of the Holocaust? Now one of our most esteemed military historians assesses the literature that has emerged from World War II — and the controversies that have arisen from that literature — in a book that combines stunning erudition with crisp prose and highly personal discernment.
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