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World War II: A Short History by Michael J. Lyons



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Good overview of World War II. It starts with an overview of World War I and continues the story until after the end of World War II through the Korean War and the formation of NATO and the Warsaw Pact.

I know quite a bit about about this period of history already, but this book, even though a generic textbook, brought up some details that were new to me. Everything related to World War II is notoriously complex; I was impressed with how well the author constructed a readable narrative without dumbing down the complexity (at least not too much.) In particular, the 1930s is a really complicated period in history. This author did a good job of fitting all the complex political maneuvers, technological developments, etc., during this decade into an understandable narrative arc. Of course no single textbook of such a large and complex subject will satisfy everyone, but this is one of the better ones with judicious selection of facts and interpretations. ( )
  quizshow77 | Aug 7, 2011 |
The best short single volume I have read on World War II. Basic information on all theaters is presented in a very readable format. Students of World War II should have this book ( )
  lassiter | Jun 29, 2006 |
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Highly regarded for its clarification of the complexities of World War II, the book illuminates the origins, course, and long-range effects of the war and provides a balanced account that analyzes both the European and Pacific theaters of operations and the connections between them. The Fourth Edition incorporates new material from the latest literature, offering modified conclusions on key topics and expanding coverage throughout. The author examines the origins of World War II, the legacy of World War I, the rise of the dictators, the road to war, Germany's march of conquest, globalization of the war, the second front question and the invasion of North America, war in the Atlantic, the allied bombing offensive, the home fronts, and the triumph of the allies. For World War II enthusiasts.

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