The enormous catalogue of books about every aspect of World War Two provides unparalleled information about a major war, but what was lacking was a single book that attempted to explain the conflict in overview. The author has produced a very readable overview to correct this deficiency. – Outstanding, Much Recommended
NAME: The Second World War Explained FILE: R2861 AUTHOR: Michael O'Kelly PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword BINDING: hard back PAGES: 201 PRICE: £19.99 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: World War 2, World War Two, World War II, Second World War, global conflict, blitz krieg, aerial battles, maritime warfare, land forces, armour, strategic bombing, total war, electronic warfare, politics, genocide, Nazis, propaganda
IMAGE: B2861.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/y4qqgf6c LINKS: DESCRIPTION: The enormous catalogue of books about every aspect of World War Two provides unparalleled information about a major war, but what was lacking was a single book that attempted to explain the conflict in overview. The author has produced a very readable overview to correct this deficiency. – Outstanding, Much Recommended Explaining WWII in little more than 200 pages, including illustration, is in itself a commendable achievement. This is a book that will be enormously useful to young readers who have very little direct contact with veterans of this war and face a mountain of books that cover, mostly commendably, this gigantic conflict that saw the confirmation of the ascendency of air power and the first use of nuclear weapons. In addition to providing a highly readable and informative book for young readers, this is also a very useful book for those who already know much about this costly period in human existance. Most of us, growing up immediately after WWII, were taught by people who had served and had many family members and friends who had fought, in one capacity, or other. As time passed, school children had progressively fewer contacts who has served, or lived through the bombings and worked in war industries. New wars have come along and captured interest. That has increasingly meant the many have started their interest in military history with more recent conflict, where they may have had contacts who served, and then started to widen their area of interest to WWII. At that point, the sheer scale and complexity of this terrible period is represented by such a huge selection of books and documentaries and also of films that are great entertainment, but dubious sources of real knowledge. Some might ask why we should bother much about events of more than 70 years ago when there is so much to learn about recent conflict. The answer to that is that WWII may have ended as a war, but its influence is strongly felt in many aspects of today. The European Union was born of a German desire to begin building a new empire, and the French desire to block that activity, where politicians of both nations could never forgive Britain and the United States for liberating Europe and defeating Nazi Germany. This book provides a starting point to understanding what happened, why, and how it continues to influence life today.