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The Story of World War II is a completely rewritten, expanded, and updated version-more than 75 percent new-of the classic narrative of the war that captures all the immediacy of the original work and contains hundreds of new firsthand accounts.

In late 1945, Henry Steele Commager finished a history of World War II that he had begun writing even while the fighting raged. Commager had worked as a propagandist and historian for the U.S. Department of War, and in his book he collected eyewitness descriptions of the fighting by outstanding correspondents, including Ernie Pyle, John Steinbeck, and Martha Gellhorn.

But Commager's history could only be preliminary because many documents and official records had not yet been made available. Today we know much more about World War II, and it is possible to place the war in its proper historical context. Yet, despite the large number of books published about various aspects of World War II, surprisingly few general histories of that war have been attempted in recent years. Inspired by the power of Commager's long-out-of-print volume, historian Donald L. Miller has written a thorough, up-to-date, and riveting account of World War II, from the German blitzkrieg into Poland to the Japanese surrender aboard the U.S.S. Missouri. He provides new coverage of, among other topics, the war in the Pacific, the air war, the liberation of the death camps, and the contributions of African Americans and other minorities. All of the major events of the war are covered, but soldiers, sailors, and airmen and their stories of the fighting predominate. Consequently, this book has a dynamism and authority that no other general history of the fighting can convey.

Miller shares Commager's conviction that World War II was a war of good against evil, but, as he says, it "was more than a heroic crusade; it was a tragic and complex human experience." Mixed in with valor was cruelty; mixed with heroism was cowardice; and everywhere there was death and suffering. For example, America's armed forces practiced a policy of racial prejudice that defied the ideals of freedom that the U.S. claimed to be fighting for. Now, as the last soldiers of the generation that fought World War II fade into history, we can remember this war and its enormous impact on the world by reading their words, understanding what they faced and how they felt, and appreciating again the great tragedy that transformed their lives and shaped our own.

The Story of World War II contains more than 130 photographs and 22 maps.

Synopsis:

The Story of World War II is a completely rewritten, expanded, and updated version-more than 75 percent new-of the classic narrative of the war that captures all the immediacy of the original work and contains hundreds of new firsthand accounts.

In late 1945, Henry Steele Commager finished a history of World War II that he had begun writing even while the fighting raged. Commager had worked as a propagandist and historian for the U.S. Department of War, and in his book he collected eyewitness descriptions of the fighting by outstanding correspondents, including Ernie Pyle, John Steinbeck, and Martha Gellhorn.

But Commager's history could only be preliminary because many documents and official records had not yet been made available. Today we know much more about World War II, and it is possible to place the war in its proper historical context. Yet, despite the large number of books published about various aspects of World War II, surprisingly few general histories of that war have been attempted in recent years. Inspired by the power of Commager's long-out-of-print volume, historian Donald L. Miller has written a thorough, up-to-date, and riveting account of World War II, from the German blitzkrieg into Poland to the Japanese surrender aboard the U.S.S. Missouri. He provides new coverage of, among other topics, the war in the Pacific, the air war, the liberation of the death camps, and the contributions of African Americans and other minorities. All of the major events of the war are covered, but soldiers, sailors, and airmen and their stories of the fighting predominate. Consequently, this book has a dynamism and authority that no other general history of the fighting can convey.

Miller shares Commager's conviction that World War II was a war of good against evil, but, as he says, it "was more than a heroic crusade; it was a tragic and complex human experience." Mixed in with valor was cruelty; mixed with heroism was cowardice; and everywhere there was death and suffering. For example, America's armed forces practiced a policy of racial prejudice that defied the ideals of freedom that the U.S. claimed to be fighting for. Now, as the last soldiers of the generation that fought World War II fade into history, we can remember this war and its enormous impact on the world by reading their words, understanding what they faced and how they felt, and appreciating again the great tragedy that transformed their lives and shaped our own.

The Story of World War II contains more than 130 photographs and 22 maps.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. ) and index.

About the Author

Donald L. Miller is the John Henry McCracken Professor of History at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. He is the host of the PBS series A Biography of America. His articles and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Washington Post, among other publications. He is the author of five previous books, including Lewis Mumford: A Life, a New York Times notable book, and City of the Century: The Epic of Chicago and the Making of America, which won a Great Lakes book award for nonfiction and is the basis of a forthcoming documentary series for The American Experience on PBS.

Table of Contents

PREFACE

The Nazi Juggernaut
Britain Stands Alone
From the Vistula to the Volga
The Rising Sun
The Hard Way Back
The Dead of Tarawa
Up the Bloody Boot
The Air War
The Great Invasion
From Normandy to Germany
The Battle of the Bulge
The Marianas
A Marine at Peleliu
The Return
The B-29s
Make Them Remember
From the Volga to the Oder
Across the Rhine
Iwo Jima
Okinawa
The Setting Sun
Victory

NOTES
INDEX

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743211987
Subtitle:
Revised, expanded, and updated from the original text by Henry Steele Commager
Author:
Miller, Donald L.
Author:
Miller, Donald L.
Author:
Commager, Henry Steele
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Location:
New York
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
World War, 19
Subject:
General History
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Revised, Expand
Series Volume:
60
Publication Date:
20011106
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
704
Dimensions:
9.25 x 7.375 in 46.256 oz

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The Story of World War II is a completely rewritten, expanded, and updated version-more than 75 percent new-of the classic narrative of the war that captures all the immediacy of the original work and contains hundreds of new firsthand accounts.

In late 1945, Henry Steele Commager finished a history of World War II that he had begun writing even while the fighting raged. Commager had worked as a propagandist and historian for the U.S. Department of War, and in his book he collected eyewitness descriptions of the fighting by outstanding correspondents, including Ernie Pyle, John Steinbeck, and Martha Gellhorn.

But Commager's history could only be preliminary because many documents and official records had not yet been made available. Today we know much more about World War II, and it is possible to place the war in its proper historical context. Yet, despite the large number of books published about various aspects of World War II, surprisingly few general histories of that war have been attempted in recent years. Inspired by the power of Commager's long-out-of-print volume, historian Donald L. Miller has written a thorough, up-to-date, and riveting account of World War II, from the German blitzkrieg into Poland to the Japanese surrender aboard the U.S.S. Missouri. He provides new coverage of, among other topics, the war in the Pacific, the air war, the liberation of the death camps, and the contributions of African Americans and other minorities. All of the major events of the war are covered, but soldiers, sailors, and airmen and their stories of the fighting predominate. Consequently, this book has a dynamism and authority that no other general history of the fighting can convey.

Miller shares Commager's conviction that World War II was a war of good against evil, but, as he says, it "was more than a heroic crusade; it was a tragic and complex human experience." Mixed in with valor was cruelty; mixed with heroism was cowardice; and everywhere there was death and suffering. For example, America's armed forces practiced a policy of racial prejudice that defied the ideals of freedom that the U.S. claimed to be fighting for. Now, as the last soldiers of the generation that fought World War II fade into history, we can remember this war and its enormous impact on the world by reading their words, understanding what they faced and how they felt, and appreciating again the great tragedy that transformed their lives and shaped our own.

The Story of World War II contains more than 130 photographs and 22 maps.

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