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The Story of World War II

4.31 of 5 stars 4.31  ·  rating details  ·  132 ratings  ·  19 reviews
"The Story of World War II" is a completely rewritten, expanded, and updated version-more than 75 percent new-of the classic narrative of the war that captures all the immediacy of the original work and contains hundreds of new firsthand accounts. In late 1945, Henry Steele Commager finished a history of World War II that he had begun writing even while the fighting raged. ...more
Hardcover, 576 pages
Published November 6th 2001 by Simon & Schuster (first published 1991)
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Linda Lou McCall
I thought I had "WW II'd" myself into a coma, listening to or reading more than 50 books and watching a kazillion documentaries and online videos about World War II in the past year. I was just about to pass on this 25 hour account when I became outraged by one of the written reviews. While giving the book an overall favorable review, without the 5-star rating of the other written reviews, this listener claimed that her only criticism was that the book overdid the contributions of African-Americ ...more
Ali Pasha
This was one an area of history where my knowledge was weak and, prior to this, I had not read any other books on WWII. As such, this book was an exemplary introduction into the war. It really explained the war well and helped me understand what those fighting the war were going through.

My original intention was to read this book to better appreciate the history of Berlin, as I was visiting the city the following week. The most eye opening chapters, however, were actually about the Pacific War
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Robert
After reading Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, I wanted to learn more about the Pacific War. I am not exaggerating stating that this book gave me nightmares and convinced me that the nuclear option was best solution to end the war. Todays enemy has some similarities to our enemies in the 1940's without the the level of sophistication and structure that the Germans and Japanese had back then. I highly recommend this book to my history buff friends.
Todd
A collection of articles/essays, most of them excerpts of originals for brevity's sake. The collection was first put together in the weeks following VJ day, many of them having been written during the war itself. While some of it, especially the more narrative portions, tend toward rah rah rah wartime propaganda, the personal accounts of combat action are riveting. Except for the chapter on the Polish resistance, the entire book gives a pass to Stalin and the Soviet Union, including Stalin's wil ...more
Chris Smitherman
Sep 14, 2008 Chris Smitherman rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone wanting to know about the first-hand accounts of WWII.
I was not very familiar with the details of WWII before reading this book. After reading it, I felt like I was a part of it...at least as much as one could be that was not actually there on the line. The author does a great job of tying the dry history of dates and events with the emotional and gripping accounts from the soldiers and civilians who experienced it first-hand. The stories of the men and women who fought this extraordinary conflict caused an upwelling inside of me: The stories made ...more
Peter
I picked this book out from the library because I liked the cover and I wanted to know more about World War II. It was perfect. The book was accessible and rarely boring, with plenty of photographs and maps to make the narrative real to the reader. Much of the history is told in the words of soldiers or journalists embedded with the American troops or sailors. It definitely focuses on the American side of the war, but I recommend it to anyone who would like to know more about World War II withou ...more
jeffrey
Often riveting personal accounts of the people fighting or victims of the war. Highly recommended.
Debbie Tanner
This is an exhaustive account of World War 2. If it happened in World War 2, it's in this book. I liked how the author included actual accounts from different people that were really there. The photographs also helped to create a strong mental image of the conditions during the war.
Samuel Proulx
I really enjoyed this book; it presented not only a picture of what it was like for the people on the ground, but also did a good job of giving a picture of the overall war, and putting all of the battles in context.
Michael
Fantastic accessible history of the entirety of World War II with a focus on stories of the soldiers in the field. Listened to it as an audiobook, and It's read by one of my favorite narrators.
Jesse
Great overall book on World War II. I listened to it on tape and it was over 24 hrs long. Gives personal stories as well as the history of the battle.
David Chaney
Outstanding book. The complete history of World War II. Highly recommend to anyone that wants to know the story of the entire war.
Orville
Possibly the best history of America's participation in the Second World War.
John
Very good book. An excellent and very readable overview of the war
Tom
Fills in the blanks that weren't discussed in high school.
A Smith
Great overview from beginning to end of WWII.
Rick
Jun 01, 2012 Rick marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
From Ken Burns best books list re: WWII
Joseph
great summary with personal accounts
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