The Second World War Explained

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

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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

ISBN: 1-52673-743-4

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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.