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The Battle of the Bulge (American Heritage Junior Library)

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In the middle of December 1944, at a time when most people thought Germany was finished, the German army launched a surprise attack against the American army in Belgium. Thousands of crack troops and large numbers of tanks breached the thin American lines and drove deep into Belgium. The Battle of the Bulge would be a brutal, bloody struggle in a dismal winter landscape ag ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by iBooks (first published 1969)
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Travis Ristau
Jan 11, 2013 Travis Ristau rated it liked it
I have read about the Battle of the Bulge before and this book does an average level of describing it. I feel it was missing some side details about the fight. It still did a pretty good job of what happened overall through the battle. The story had a good background of what happened before the battle. Its description of allied commander tactics was pretty good but it fell short on the Nazi side of the fight. I felt as if Stephen could have incorporated more stories from people in the warfront i ...more
Oct 22, 2012 David rated it it was ok
I picked this up from a library e-book search. I was disappointed in it. It felt like something for high school students. And when I went to add it to Goodreads, I found it was an American Heritage Junior title. If you've read anything about the Battle of the Bulge, skip this one. If all you have seen is the Band of Brothers, this would be a good introduction to what else was happening with the Bulge.
David Healey
An excellent introduction to this epic battle late in World War II. I read the Kindle version, which could have benefitted from some maps. I would recommend having a battlefield map handy to help understand the overall scope of the Ardennes Offensive. Also, a bibliography or author's note would be helpful for further reading into the topic, but overall a fascinating book.
Feb 19, 2013 Ted rated it liked it
This book is not for the "historian". It is not filled with the details that one doing research would be looking for. However, it does have its merits and I don't think you'd be disappointed in the read. It is an easily digestible work for someone who is looking for a casual read that broadens the perspective of arguably one the toughest battles in the history of the US Army.
Scott L.
Jun 04, 2011 Scott L. rated it it was ok
Shelves: world-history, own-it
There are much better books about the Ardennes battle. This was one of Sears' first books and it shows; it does not have the maturity of voice of a Chancellorsville or a Gettysburg.
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Stephen Ward Sears is an American historian specializing in the American Civil War.

A graduate of Lakewood High School and Oberlin College, Sears attended a journalism seminar at Radcliffe-Harvard. As an author he has concentrated on the military history of the American Civil War, primarily the battles and leaders of the Army of the Potomac. He was employed as editor of the Educational Department a
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