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The American Heritage New History of WWII

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Visually stunning, The American Heritage New History of World War II features more than 700 of the most dramatic and haunting photographs from renowned war photographers on the line of battle, from artists who captured the quintessence of war on canvas, and from cartoonists who portrayed the lighter side of war for millions on the front lines and at home. These images, whi ...more
Hardcover, 628 pages
Published October 6th 1997 by Viking Adult
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Mar 06, 2016 Derk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent high-level summary of WW-2, with emphasis on the American side. Not many details, so better suited as a review of the war years rather than an introduction.
Charlie Shaw
Nov 05, 2015 Charlie Shaw rated it really liked it
Good historical perspective from all participants in the War. Easy reading while learning some new facts.
James Pixton
Jun 14, 2014 James Pixton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very readable, very captivating. Since it is intended to be an introduction to WWII, it feels at times a bit cursory. Also, it seems that the author's expertise is in the war in Europe. As a result, the chapters about the war in the Pacific aren't as colorful and enlightening. That's my impression at least. Still, Professor Ambrose has certainly given me a desire to read even more about one of the most tragic decades of modern times.
Mar 03, 2014 Eric rated it really liked it
My Dad was on the Arizona before the attack and was transferred to the Tennessee.....I don't know if I could have gone through what he and all the others did, and remain sane.
May 19, 2009 David rated it liked it
An updated version (edited by Stephen Ambrose) of a book I enjoyed as a kid from my parents' library. Lavishly illustrated, a good jumping off point for those wanting to read one book about the war. This is certainly a history written for an American readership, however - the Russian contribution to victory over the Nazis is definitely downplayed.
Oct 20, 2008 Mandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really good book that overviews WWII. It has lots of great pictures and maps, which you will like if you are a visual learner, like me. I still go back and reference this book often when I can't remember certain events or timelines about WWII.
May 27, 2012 Jonathan rated it it was ok
Shelves: wwii-general
Decided to revisit the reprint of this book from my teen years. Quick overview of WWII, most glaring were some of the simple mistakes in the photo captions. Its a good coffee table book, fairly well skewed to the Allied view of things.
Daniel Routh
Jun 06, 2012 Daniel Routh rated it really liked it
Read selections of this. Insightful, very well-written summary that goes through the war comprehensively from start to finish, with an abundance of photographs.
Feb 16, 2015 Bob rated it it was amazing
If you want to read one book explaining WWII this is the one. Enough text to cover what occurred and pictures to bring it to reality.
Robert Kradoska
Nov 30, 2014 Robert Kradoska rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting and thorough
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Stephen Ambrose 1 1 Aug 19, 2012 07:47AM  
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Stephen Edward Ambrose was an American historian and biographer of U.S. Presidents Dwight Eisenhower and Richard M. Nixon. He received his Ph.D. in 1960 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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