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The World War II Desk Reference

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Language:English.World War II Desk Reference
Hardcover, 592 pages
Published May 11th 2004 by Collins Reference (first published 2004)
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Steve Bohlin
Mar 01, 2014 Steve Bohlin rated it did not like it
Tries to do too many things and in the end does none well. Ironically, one of the endorsements on the jacket comes from Gerald Astor, author of TERRIBLE TERRY ALLEN. Don't bother trying to use this encyclopedia to research who Gen Allen was and why was he so terrible, you'll be sadly disappointed. If you want to learn more about Terry Allen and the US 1st Infantry Division's participation in Operations Torch and Huskey you can find lots for free at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terry_de... or fr ...more
Zack
Apr 07, 2013 Zack rated it liked it
The idea of this book I guess is to keep on your desk should you need to consult any random facts about World War II. If that's the book's purpose, it fulfills it well.

For those of us looking for something more in-depth, the book is practically useless. While it is a good starting point, the scope of the book is limited to that of a reference book and should be treated as such.

The book does however contain an excellent chart on German "Commerce Raiders" that I haven't been able to find elsewhere
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Lyle Appleyard
Aug 23, 2013 Lyle Appleyard rated it really liked it
I was reading this book for a long time. I would read a little bit at a time when I was in my special reading room. This book was good for reading a little bit at a time because it was list of facts and short articles about the war.

The book was made up of facts about World War II. It dealt with the causes, the battles, the personalities and the aftermath. I believe that it covered everything possible in the 600 pages of the book. It even covered things that I was not aware of or knew nothing abo
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Daniel Brown
Feb 06, 2013 Daniel Brown rated it it was amazing
Terrific book on WWII. It covers everything and has lots of good and interesting stories. I actually have one copy at work and another at home. Always great to pick up in a pinch.
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Shelves: ww2-classic
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Douglas Brinkley is a professor of history at Rice University and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. The Chicago Tribune has dubbed him “America’s new past master.” His most recent books are The Quiet World, The Wilderness Warrior, and The Great Deluge. Six of his books have been selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year. He lives in Texas with his wife and three children.
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