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Jan 30, 2009
| ISBN 9780756656058
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Jan 30, 2009 | ISBN 9780756656058
With timelines covering events in all theaters of the war, eyewitness accounts, galleries of weaponry and equipment, and more than 1,200 photographs, maps, and illustrations, World War II presents a unique account of one of the deadliest conflicts in history, one still very much alive in the public imagination and interest.World War II: The Definitive Visual History is divided into nine chronological chapters, each covering a distinct phase of the war — from the buildup of hostilities to the long-term aftermath through all the complexities of combat in between. Each internal section has main spreads that move from one theater of war to another but are linked by an easy-to-use system of cross-referencing to earlier events and later consequences, so that readers can trace the multiple threads of history throughout time. The main spreads are interspersed with features, eyewitness accounts, and galleries of weaponry and equipment, giving weight and vividness to the text. Events that have become bywords for courage, brutality, or suffering — Dunkirk, the Blitz, Guadalcanal, Stalingrad, D-Day, Iwo Jima, Hiroshima — are each treated individually, but the book never loses sight of the global picture or the overall strategies of the major combatants. It also includes the reactions of ordinary soldiers and civilians to the momentous events they witnessed and features on aspects of the war away from the battlefield, such the role of women, life under occupation, and the fate of prisoners.World War II: The Definitive Visual History is a fitting memorial to this chapter of history.
Richard Holmes is the author of The Age of Wonder, which was short-listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction, won the Royal Society Prize for Science Books and the National Books Critics Circle Award, and was one of the New York Times Book Review’s… More about Richard Holmes
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