The American Heritage History of World War II was first published in 1966. At the time, author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist C.L. Sulzberger received widespread praise for his authoritative account of the six-year war that involved more than fifty-six nations, resulted in the death of some 22 million people, and shaped the course of history. His work became a standard reference on the war.
Stephen E. Ambrose, one of the most highly regarded historians of our time, oversaw a major revision of this classic work. Seamlessly incorporating new material and insights, Ambrose produced a comprehensive and riveting account of the war's key characters and events.
In planes and foxholes, in deserts and jungles, on ships and beaches, Ambrose shines a light on the people involved - the leaders, the fighters, the victims. He also added new chapters on the atrocities of the Holocaust and revelations about the secret war of espionage. Ambrose's analysis also offers insight into the events that precipitated the Cold War.
This book captures the courage, commitment, military genius, and horror of the war that gave birth to a new era in world politics. For students, history buffs, and fascinated readers, The American Heritage History of World War II is the definitive single-volume work on the subject and will endure as a major narrative of world history.
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History worth clarifying.
Now in my sixties and never being clear in understanding WWII, this book put The War in perfect perspective.
Yes, through schooling, higher education, movies and press readings- I knew segments and of events, but never the true progression from start to finish-until now. Thank you veterans and thank you to the leaders of that era.
Good Very Read for WW II buffs
I enjoyed this book very much. I read it every night prior to bed, it was something I really wanted to do before shutting down for sleep. I love World War Two history, this book feed that hunger.
Try it, you'll like it.
As a reader of many World War ll books, this synopsis is one of the most interesting and easy books to follow along with. I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants a "quick" overview and understanding of the war.