The Story of World War II
"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 1st 2001 by Simon & Schuster
(first published 1991)
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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
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.
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
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