holmes r kramer a world war ii the definitive visual history

HISTORY

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R. Holmes, A. Kramer A
World War II: The Definitive Visual History

World War II is divided into nine chronological chapters, each introduced by a general overview of the military and political situation. This is followed by a comprehensive timeline, covering events in all theaters of the war. The opening chapter analyzes the build-up of hostility in the years leading up the war, both in Europe and in the Pacific. Similarly the final chapter analyzes the immediate and long-term consequences of the war and the way it has shaped recent history. In the chapters that cover the events of the war itself, the main spreads move from one theater of war to another but are linked by an easy-to-use system of cross referencing to earlier events and the consequences of the actions described on the spread. The main spreads are interspersed with features, eyewitness accounts, and galleries of weaponry and equipment.
This title differs from DK’s previous World War II title, in that it is a spread-by-spread account la History (with “previous” and “following” tabs placing each spread in chronological context) of the war, rather than a narrative that needs to be read from start to finish.

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H. Johnston
A Bridge Not Attacked: Chemical Warfare Civilian Research During World War II

This book tells the novel true stories concerning highly talented civilian scientists in some unusual places and situations during World War II. The purpose of this book is to present an almost forgotten history of secret war research in universities. The focus is on the narrow subject of chemical warfare research and on a small number of individuals, but with in-depth study of these individuals and what they did. Mostly graduate students and young instructors, they were working under the direction of professors at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and the University of California (Berkeley). Action took place in California, Florida and the jungles of Panama. This story touches on the work of four senior Nobel Prize winners and eight junior, future Nobel Prize winners at Caltech and Berkeley.

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Viktor Suvorov
Chief Culprit: Stalin’s Grand Design to Start World War II

Bestselling author Victor Suvorov probes newly released Soviet documents and reevaluates existing material to analyze Stalin’s strategic design to conquer Europe and the reasons behind his controversial support for Nazi Germany. A former Soviet army intelligence officer, the author explains that Stalin’s strategy leading up to World War II grew from Vladimir Lenin’s belief that if World War I did not ignite the worldwide Communist revolution, then a second world war would be needed to achieve it. Stalin saw Nazi Germany as the power that would fight and weaken capitalist countries so that Soviet armies could then sweep across Europe. Suvorov reveals how Stalin conspired with German leaders to bypass the Versailles Treaty, which forbade German rearmament, and secretly trained German engineers and officers and provided bases and factories for war. He also calls attention to the 1939 nonaggression pact between the Soviet Union and Germany that allowed Hitler to proceed with his plans to invade Poland, fomenting war in Europe.
Suvorov debunks the theory that Stalin was duped by Hitler and that the Soviet Union was a victim of Nazi aggression. Instead, he makes the case that Stalin neither feared Hitler nor mistakenly trusted him. Suvorov maintains that after Germany occupied Poland, defeated France, and started to prepare for an invasion of Great Britain, Hitler’s intelligence services detected the Soviet Union’s preparations for a major war against Germany. This detection, he argues, led to Germany’s preemptive war plan and the launch of an invasion of the USSR. Stalin emerges from the pages of this book as a diabolical genius consumed by visions of a worldwide Communist revolution at any cost–a leader who wooed Hitler and Germany in his own effort to conquer the world. In contradicting traditional theories about Soviet planning, the book is certain to provoke debate among historians throughout the world.

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Eyewitness : World War II

Take an eyewitness view of the complexities, atrocities, and heroics of war with World War II, from DK’s Eyewitness series. In keeping with all the books in this remarkable reference collection, pages are jam-packed with crisp, vivid photographs, illustrations, documents, and maps, as well as fascinating narrative and captions. Under chapter headings such as “A world divided,” “Bombing raids,” “Women at work,” “Road to Stalingrad,” “Propaganda and morale,” “The Holocaust,” “D-Day invasion,” and “The atomic bomb,” the events of the war are described and illustrated in compelling detail. Readers learn about life under German occupation, remarkable secret inventions (poison pens, matchbox cameras, pipes with a secret compartment), how soldiers managed to overcome the enemy, what the inside of a British midget submarine looked like, and much more. World War II changed the course of history forever–this stunning book illuminates the people, places, and events that played a part in this unforgettable drama.

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Spencer Tucker, Priscilla Roberts
World War II: A Student Encyclopedia (5 volume set)

This five-volume set contains some 1,200 entries prepared by a roster of 270 international contributors. The subtitle declares this a “student encyclopedia,” but there’s nothing condescending about the articles or their presentation (no glossy color photos or boxed features); instead, this is a solid reference for a general audience, with a decent selection of maps and photos in b & w. After a section of 15 general maps (included in each volume), the first volume presents three overview essays on the origins and legacy of the war. Following are the alphabetically arranged entries covering the major theaters, the campaigns, individual battles major weapons systems, diplomatic conferences, and key individuals, as well as the war’s historiographical controversies and major turning points, and life on the home front. Entries are signed and include references and cross-references. The fifth volume presents a selection of important documents representing the pre-war period through the aftermath. Edited by Spencer C. Tucker (history, emeritus, Virginia Military Institute); Priscilla Mary Roberts (history, U. of Hong Kong) assisted with the documents volume.

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Tony Husband
Cartoons of World War II

In peacetime cartoonists are a diverse collection of individuals with their own styles and projects, but when the trumpets of war blow it is like unleashing the dogs of war. Hitler, Stalin, Churchill, Roosevelt and Mussolini were a gift for them and, as this collection shows, one they weren’t about to turn down. This book shows that humour was one of the key weapons of war, with countries using cartoons to demoralise their opponents and maintain morale. Each country had its own style: the British liked understatement, showing people drinking cups of tea while bombs fell, whilst the Germans chose Churchill serving up a cocktail of blood, sweat and tears to an emaciated and sickly British lion. Showcasing the very best cartoons from Britain, the USA, Germany, Russia plus the work of all of WWII’s greatest cartoonists, including Bill Mauldin, Fougasse, Emett, David Low and Graham Laidler (Pont), this book is guaranteed to make you laugh.

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