World War II for Dummies

ISBN-10: 0764553526

ISBN-13: 9780764553523

Edition: 2001

Authors: Keith D. Dickson

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World War II was the most destructive event of the twentieth century. It was total war covering the entire globe, and the nations that fought it employed every available resource, harnessing both technology and people to one purpose. If you look at the world today, you'll be hard-pressed to find a country that was not affected by this war. If you want to find out more about this war, without being overwhelmed, World War II for Dummies can help. Whether you're looking for a way to enhance your appreciation of the events that took place or just want to refresh your memory without digging through countless volumes of World War II history, this book is right for you. Accurate and easily accessible World War II for Dummies will help you explore a war that defined and shaped the world we live in today. You'll discover all the players-individuals as well as nations-who participated in the war and the politics that drove them. Battle by battle, you'll find out how the Axis powers initially took control of the war and how the Allies fought back to win the day. World War II for Dummies also covers: The origins and causes of World War II The rise of Hitler and the Third Reich How the war was handled at home Germany's invasion of Poland, France, Denmark, Norway, Belgium, and Luxembourg Great Britain's refusal to surrender after forty-two days of German aerial bombardment The United States entrance into the war after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor The Allied invasion of Normandy (D-Day) Germany's last ditch effort to stop the Allies at the Battle of the Bulge The use of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki World War II for Dummies is packed with fascinating anecdotes, interesting sidebars, and top ten lists, that clue you in on many of the issues of this war. This friendly reference gives you the scoop on everything from Pearl Harbor and the Holocaust to D-Day, Midway, and more.
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List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/15/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 436
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Keith D. Dickson is an associate professor of Military Studies at the Joint Forces Staff College, National Defense University. He is a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Special Forces (the Green Berets).

Introduction: The Most Destructive War
Origins and Causes of the War, 1919-1939
World War II: Why It Matters and What You Need to Know
The Great War and the Uneasy Peace: How World War II Happened
Hoping for Peace: The Rise of the Dictators, 1933-1939
Starting the War: The Axis Invades and Conquers, 1939-1942
Invading Eastern Europe: Hitler's Power Grows, 1939
Blitzkrieg in Europe: World War II Begins, 1939-1941
The Ultimate Battle: Hitler versus Stalin
America on the Sidelines: 1933-1941
Collision in Asia: Japan and America, 1937-1941
Behind Enemy Lines: Nations at War
Maintaining Resources: The Axis
Working Together: The Allies
The War against the Jews
Planning and Launching the Allied Counterattack, 1942-1943
The Politics of Compromise, 1942
Taking North Africa, Sicily, and the Boot
Germany a Three-Time Loser: In Russia, At Home, and in the Atlantic
Guadalcanal, New Guinea, and Midway: Japan's Three Strikes
Planning for the Rest of the War, 1943
The Long Haul, 1944
The Italian Campaign and Soviet Victories in the East
Liberating Europe: From Normandy to Paris, and Beyond
Japan Begins to Crack
Starting Over: The War's Aftereffects, 1945
Ending the War (Almost): The Final Offensive
The Japanese Defeat
The Uneasy Peace
The Part of Tens
Ten Formidable Military Leaders of World War II
Ten Weapons That Made a Difference
Ten "What Ifs?" of World War II
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