Author: Richard Holmes
Publication Date: 16 Mar 2009
“[A] striking coffee-table book...The first-rate illustrations, maps, and time lines make for a good introduction for all general readers embarking on study of this war.”
“[A] worthy book for the shelves of the serious student of war, or for the coffee table of any reader who seeks a comprehensive history of the world's greatest conflict.” --BookPage
World War II is a stunning look at this epic war from every angle, tracing the course of military, strategic, and political events across the globe and documenting the experiences of combatants and civilians alike. Packed with authoritative information and compelling images, this book provides a true understanding of the war that changed the world.
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.