20 Top Selling and Popular World War II (2) Books

20 Top Selling and Popular World War II (2) Books

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Title: Eyewitness to World War II

Eyewitness to World War II brings you closer than ever before to the greatest challenge a generation of Americans had ever faced. The unforgettable story of World War II is told through the words of those who lived it--both on the battlefield and the home front--creating a dramatic tapestry of the wartime experience. Personal writings and recollections of Roosevelt, Hitler, and Patton, as well as letters composed by soldiers at battle and diaries of women serving in the military at home, present an absorbing narrative that tells the entire history of the war from several perspectives. Hundreds of images capture fateful moments of triumph and defeat that defined the era, including rare photographs and artifacts, many never-before-seen from private collections that are placed in context with more famous photographs from the period. More than 20 authoritative National Geographic maps detail military movements and decisive battles in the European and Pacific theaters of war. These incredible, first-person stories, amazing moments of heroism, compelling imagery, and illuminating maps bring the entire history of World War II to life in vivid detail.
Author(s): Neil Kagan;Stephen G. Hyslop
ISBN 13: 9781426209703
Pages: 351
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Title: The Second World War

A masterful and comprehensive new chronicle of World War II, by internationally bestselling historian Antony Beevor. Over the past two decades, Antony Beevor has established himself as one of the world's premier historians of WWII. His multi-award winning books have included Stalingrad and The Fall of Berlin 1945. Now, in his newest and most ambitious book, he turns his focus to one of the bloodiest and most tragic events of the twentieth century, the Second World War. In this searing narrative that takes us from Hitler's invasion of Poland on September 1st, 1939 to V-J day on August 14th, 1945 and the war's aftermath, Beevor describes the conflict and its global reach--one that included every major power. The result is a dramatic and breathtaking single-volume history that provides a remarkably intimate account of the war that, more than any other, still commands attention and an audience. Thrillingly written and brilliantly researched, Beevor's grand and provocative account is destined to become the definitive work on this complex, tragic, and endlessly fascinating period in world history, and confirms once more that he is a military historian of the first rank.
Author(s): Antony Beevor
ISBN 13: 9780316023757
Pages: 880
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Title: World War II

It's December 1941. The United States has just entered World War II.
Author(s): Elizabeth Raum
ISBN 13: 9781429634571
Pages: 112
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Title: The Forgotten 500: The Untold Story of the Men Who Risked All for the Greatest Rescue Mission of World War II

Draws on recently declassified documents and exclusive interviews to recount the dramatic story of a World War II rescue mission in 1944 during which the OSS embarked on a daring scheme to recover more than five hundred airmen trapped ...
Author(s): Gregory A. Freeman
ISBN 13: 9780451224958
Pages: 313
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Title: World War 2: True Stories of German UBoats & Their Dangerous Missions

The History and Bravery of the U-Boats Update: 2nd Edition on May 20, 2016 - With Added Content! Get it Now Before the Price Increases! ~BONUS RIGHT AFTER THE CONCLUSION - ACT NOW BEFORE GONE! The Truth Revealed The brave men, and now women, who choose to serve on today’s submarines have to have a certain type of bravery that many do not possess. There is always the danger that the wrong move, a wrong turn, or mechanical failure will spell certain death for them. At times of war, this danger is even more amplified. Those who signed up for duty in the early submarines were more at risk than today’s military forces. This was the case for the German U-Boat crews. While there is little doubt that those who served the German forces were on the wrong side of the war, many of the men in the U-Boats showed a level of courage and cunning that few have shown then or ever again. The dangers of the sea were a real concern for these men. From faulty equipment to taking on enemy fire, there were several ways that these men could mean there’s watery death. There were tales of bravery as well. Through this book you will learn about both tragedy and heroics that set these men both above and beyond the cut. Here’s just a few things you’ll learn about: • The start of the U-Boat program and why it almost didn’t happen • The daring raid on the English fleet • The truth of the U-66 – The inspiration of the movie “U-571” • The Artic convoys that could make or break the war WWII Submarine Stories will take put you in the sub with these brave men and show you how the U-Boats could have won or lost the war.
Author(s): Leonard Cooper
ISBN 13: 9781533529916
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Title: World War II: Six Years That Changed World History (Nazi Germany, Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Barbarossa, Stalingrad, War in Pacific, Empire of ... Holocaust, Auschwitz, World History Book 1)

WORLD WAR II THROUGH THE EYES OF ITS LEADERS, COMMANDERS AND PERPETRATORS World War II: Six Years That Changed World History, a short history of the most violent conflict in human history, is more than a regular overview. Rather than trying to cover every major event of the Second World War, it alternates between telling the general story and zooming in on specific, game-changing events, the reasons behind key decisions and the thinking of leaders, commanders and perpetrators. Some of the major battles discussed: The Battle of Britain Operation Barbarossa The Battle of Stalingrad The Attack on Pearl Harbor Apart from the war in Europe and the war in the Pacific, the Holocaust and the building of the atom bomb are also more extensively covered. How and why the Nazi persecution of the Jews went from isolation, oppression and emigration, to concentration and finally extermination is told by looking at: Nazi ideology Nazi laws The attitude of other countries in the 1930s Quotes from books, memos and remarks by some of the main perpetrators, such as Adolf Hitler, Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring, Auschwitz Commandant Rudolf Höss and SS-Gruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich, who ran the Einsatzgruppen, a.k.a. SS death-squads. The creation of the atom bomb follows the path from the discovery of nuclear fission to the early British research to develop a nuclear weapon, code-named Tube Alloys, the American Manhattan Project and finally the decision to drop the bomb on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945. Word War II: Six Years That Changed World History is a well-sourced, gripping and at times chilling overview of a war that forever changed who we are and how we view ourselves. If you are looking for a compelling read about those pivotal six years between 1939-1945, this book is for you.
Author(s): Jelle Peters
ISBN 13: 9789082506303
Pages: 104
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Title: World War 2: World War II in 50 Events: From the Very Beginning to the Fall of the Axis Powers (War Books, World War 2 Books, War History) (History in 50 Events Series) (Volume 4)

Do you want to learn how the bloodiest military conflict of all time began, was fought and ultimately won by the Allies Read about the 50 most important events of World War II, from the very beginning to the fall of the Axis Powers. This book is perfect for history lovers. Author James Weber did the research and compiled this huge list of events and battles that changed the course of history forever. Some of them include: - The Japanese Invasion of Manchuria (September 18, 1931) - The Signing of the Non-Aggression Pact between Germany and the Soviet Union (August 23, 1939) - The Battle of Britain (Summer 1940) - Pearl Harbor (December 7, 1941) - The Destruction of Cologne during the Thousand Bomber Raid (May 30, 1942) - The Battles of Midway (June 1942) - The German Surrender at Stalingrad (February 2, 1943) - Drop of the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima (August 6, 1945) and many many more The book takes you through the most important events of WWII from before the beginning of the war in 1939 until its end in 1945. It contains all the major battles and fights. You will find pictures and explanations to every event, making this the perfect resource for students and anyone wanting to broaden their knowledge in history.
Author(s): James Weber
ISBN 13: 9781530848829
Pages: 84
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Title: Behind Hitler's Lines: The True Story of the Only Soldier to Fight for both America and the Soviet Union in World War II

In the ruins of Warsaw, his life was saved again-this time by Polish nuns. Behind Hitler's Lines is told, in part, in Joe's own words-a voice that will be among the last and best we hear firsthand from World War II. As the twentieth century closed, the veterans of its defining war passed away at a rate of a thousand per day. Fortunately, D-Day paratrooper Joseph Beyrle met author Thomas H. Taylor in time to record Behind Hitler's Lines, the true story of the first American paratrooper to land in Normandy and the only soldier to fight for both the United States and the Soviet Union against Nazi Germany. It is a story of battle, followed by a succession of captures, escapes, recaptures, and re-escapes, then battle once more, in the final months of fighting on the Eastern Front. For these unique experiences, both President Bill Clinton and President Boris Yeltsin honored Joe Beyrle on the fiftieth anniversary of V-E Day. Beyrle did not strive to be a part of history, but history kept visiting him. Twice before the invasion he parachuted into Normandy, bearing gold for the French resistance. D Day resulted in his capture, and he was mistaken for a German line-crosser - a soldier who had, in fact, died in the attempt. Eventually Joe was held under guard at the American embassy in Moscow, suspected of being a Nazi assassin. Fingerprints saved him, confirming that he'd been wounded five times, and that he bore a safe-conduct pass written by marshal Zhukov after the Wehrmacht wrested Joe, at gunpoint, from execution by the Gestapo. In the ruins of Warsaw his life was saved again, this time by Polish nuns. Some of Joe's story is in his own words - a voice that will be among the last and best we hear firsthand from World War II.
Author(s): Thomas H. Taylor
ISBN 13: 9780891418450
Pages: 343
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Title: TIME-LIFE World War II in 500 Photographs

World War II, fought from 1939 to 1945, engulfed the globe in a shattering struggle over national sovereignty and individual rights. It was also the costliest battle in history in terms of human life, with millions perishing in combat, in concentration camps, and under the rubble of crushed cities. This gripping and epic battle is brought powerfully to life on every page of Time-Life Books' World War II in 500 Photographs. Inside, you'll find: Key events, battles, and turning points, year by year Profiles of the war's leaders, heroes, and enemies Memorable quotations and firsthand accounts Color maps and photo timelines From the Nazis' early rise to power to Victory over Japan Day, this essential guide brings you to the front lines of the war that changed our world.
ISBN 13: 9781603209939
Pages: 272
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Title: Unbroken

Relates the story of a U.S. airman who survived when his bomber crashed into the sea during World War II, spent forty-seven days adrift in the ocean before being rescued by the Japanese Navy, and was held as a prisoner until the end of the ...
Author(s): Laura Hillenbrand
ISBN 13: 9780812974492
Pages: 500
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Title: World War 2 Submarines: World War 2 Submarine Stories And Accounts: The True Stories Of Battle Under The Dark Seas (World War 2, Uboat, Submarine, World War 2 Soldier Stories)

World War 2 Submarine Stories And Accounts: The True Stories Of Battle Under The Dark Seas Human ingenuity has ensured that over the centuries, we have progressed enough to walk on the very moon. Submarine technology, then, comes as no surprise to us. The use of subs during the wars certainly turned the tide of the battle; the Allied Powers would no doubt have lost had they not engaged in naval battles of such grandeur. As we saw, the War was brutal and horrifying; the submarines gathered intelligence and dealt powerful blows to their enemies, who were no less the stronger. If not for their work, the world would be a very different place today, with the probability of the Axis Powers winning instead. In the end, these subs saved many a life. Their roles in the war are downplayed – for good reason. Intelligence gathering using technology is a tricky business; it is no wonder that the Allies themselves chose to keep these stories under wraps. What we do know is that these submarines took on the might of the most advanced technology in the world and came out victors...
Author(s): Cyrus J. Zachary
ISBN 13: 9781533004505
Pages: 72
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Title: World War II

World War II: The Definitive Visual History is a comprehensive, authoritative, yet accessible guide to the people, politics, events, and lasting effects of World War II. Perhaps the most complex, frightening, and destructive event in global history, the Second World War saw the heights of human courage and the depth of human degradation. World War II presents a complete overview of the war, including the rise of Hitler and the Nazi party, fascism, Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima, and the D-Day landings. This book also looks at the enduring effects of World War II during succeeding decades. Expanded with an all-new guide to battlefield and memorial sites and repackaged to honor the 70th anniversary of the end of the war, World War II: The Definitive Visual History covers key military figures, pivotal battles, political profiles, and strategies, as well as features on everyday life on the Home Front as ordinary citizens did their best to aid the war effort. Gallery spreads feature collections of uniforms, weapons, and other equipment. Maps, timelines, and side panels offer an inviting variety of entry point to the huge wealth of information.
Author(s): DK Publishing
ISBN 13: 9781465436023
Pages: 372
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Title: World War 2: German Luftwaffe Stories: Eyewitness Accounts

The Rise and Fall of the German Luftwaffe Update: 2nd Edition on May 20, 2016 - With Added Content! Get it Now Before the Price Increases! ~BONUS RIGHT AFTER THE CONCLUSION - ACT NOW BEFORE GONE! The story behind these fearsome pilots. High above the European battle field another war was being waged. Luftwaffe fighters engaged the enemy Allies in aerial combat. The fight behind closed doors to get this unit started seemed to be nearly as fierce. At times it seemed as though they would never get there. From the combat in the skies to the combat in politics, this elite unit fought for supremacy. While the German cause in WWII was repugnant, the skill and tenacity of their armed forces cannot be denied. Germans are intense believers of patriotism, and a good patriot is one who submits to authority. This book outlines those that served the cause and their country, those that served their country, and the fight to institute this branch of the German Armed Forces. Its roots began in a time when Germany was forbidden to develop their own military. The secret trainings and closed door meetings opened the door. Mistakes and poor leadership nearly cost them everything. Here are just a few things you’ll learn about: • The secret training operations • The sacrifice of Walther Wever • Adolf Galland and his honorable mutiny • The fatal mistake of the Battle of Britain WWII: Luftwaffe Stories will take you through the rise and fall of this elite military unit through it’s early inception to the last days of WWII. Get ready for a wild ride!
Author(s): Leonard Cooper
ISBN 13: 9781533529947
Pages: 76
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Title: World War 2: German Tank Crew Stories: Eyewitness Accounts

WWII German Tanks – Stories from the other side Update: 2nd Edition on May 20, 2016 - With Added Content! Get it Now Before the Price Increases! ~BONUS RIGHT AFTER THE CONCLUSION ACT NOW BEFORE GONE! The Heroes of the Other Side They say that history is written by the victors. This may be true but the side of those that fought and lost should also be remembered. While we seek not to glorify the Germans during WWII, we also can take away lessons from the stories of their courage. Though we don’t celebrate their cause, we acknowledge that these men were patriots to their nation and fought with honor and courage under fire. In this book we’ll take a look at some of the actions and deeds that these men had a hand in. Some of the stories are shocking. Others are, in their own way, inspiring. Regardless of the side that they fought on, it cannot be said that they were not brave, innovative, and patriots. Had they fought for the winning side, we would hail them as heroes. Here’s just a bit of what you’ll learn about: • Bad boy Kurt Knispel – the tanker who bucked authority • The technology behind Germany’s armored division • Otto Carius – the gentleman commander who would go on to own a pharmacy WWII German Tank Stories will give your glimpse at life in the turret for German tankers and the odds that they were up against. Did these men truly serve with honor? Grab your copy today and find out for yourself.
Author(s): Leonard Cooper
ISBN 13: 9781533530004
Pages: 88
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Title: Killing Japan: The Final Year of World War II

By 1940, Japan was ready to take its place as one of the great powers of the world. They had soundly defeated the Russians in 1905, and the Germans in the First World War. Deprived of what they considered their due at the Paris Peace conference of 1919, they felt that it was time to reach out and grasp what they wanted. The invasion of China, French Indochina, and the Pacific islands followed. However, they found an enemy that they could not defeat- the United States, ably assisted by China, the Commonwealth nations, as well as the native populations of the conquered territories, fought a ceaseless battle against the Japanese, pushing them slowly back to their home islands, where the coup de grace was administered to the Japanese Empire- the first and only atomic bombs used in warfare. The last year of the Pacific War was one of death, grueling hardship, hard-won victories, and great tragedy.
Author(s): Michael O'Brian
ISBN 13: 9781534631045
Pages: 100
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Title: The Guns of August

A definitive Pulitzer Prize-winning recreation of the powderkeg that was Europe during the crucial first thirty days of World War I traces the actions of statesmen and patriots alike in Berlin, London, St. Petersburg, and Paris. In this landmark, Pulitzer Prize–winning account, renowned historian Barbara W. Tuchman re-creates the first month of World War I: thirty days in the summer of 1914 that determined the course of the conflict, the century, and ultimately our present world. Beginning with the funeral of Edward VII, Tuchman traces each step that led to the inevitable clash. And inevitable it was, with all sides plotting their war for a generation. Dizzyingly comprehensive and spectacularly portrayed with her famous talent for evoking the characters of the war’s key players, Tuchman’s magnum opus is a classic for the ages.
Author(s): Barbara Wertheim Tuchman
ISBN 13: 9780345476098
Pages: 606
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Title: The Great War

World War I altered the landscape of the modern world in every conceivable arena. Millions died; empires collapsed; new ideologies and political movements arose; poison gas, warplanes, tanks, submarines, and other technologies appeared. "Total war" emerged as a grim, mature reality. In The Great War, Peter Hart provides a masterful combat history of this global conflict. Focusing on the decisive engagements, Hart explores the immense challenges faced by the commanders on all sides. He surveys the belligerent nations, analyzing their strengths, weaknesses, and strategic imperatives. Russia, for example, was obsessed with securing an exit from the Black Sea, while France--having lost to Prussia in 1871, before Germany united--constructed a network of defensive alliances, even as it held a grudge over the loss of Alsace-Lorraine. Hart offers deft portraits of the commanders, the prewar plans, and the unexpected obstacles and setbacks that upended the initial operations.
Author(s): Peter Hart
ISBN 13: 9780199976270
Pages: 522
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Title: World War 2: Stories from the German Special Forces: Eyewitness Accounts

There may be none more feared military unit than the dreaded German Stormtroopers. While that name has been taken by Hollywood, the real life troopers were deadly and dangerous. This book details the organization and formation of the Special Forces, from the earliest roots in biblical days to the World War II German elite units. There were missteps and successes that have gone down in history. These soldiers were specially trained, highly effective, and daring. They took chances that other men would have shied away from. While the German soldiers of World War II fought for the wrong causes, their bravery cannot be denied. Here’s just some of what you’ll learn about: • Origins of special forces • How Rommel forged the path for the formation of these units • Why they lost WWI • What their role was in WWII German Special Forces is a look into the elite forces that helped to shape the course of both World War I and World War II. Their bravery and mistakes have become the stuff of legends. Learn more about these soldiers today.
Author(s): Leonard Cooper
ISBN 13: 9781533410740
Pages: 52
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Title: Rich Mans War, Poor Mans Fight

Keith examines southern draft resistance, evasion, and desertion during World War I, when over 95,000 southern men refused to serve in the U.S. Army. Martin Gilbert, the official biographer of Winston Churchill, here offers a complete history of World War II. It began with the German invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939. By the time it came to an end on V-J Day --August 14, 1945 -- it had involved every major power and become global in its reach. In the final accounting, it would turn out to be, in both human terms and material resources, the costliest war in history, taking the lives of forty million people. With unparalleled scholarship and breadth of vision, Gilbert weaves together all of the war's aspects -- the political, the military, the diplomatic, and, not least, the civilian -- charting an almost day-by-day account of the terrible progress of the war's juggernaut of death and destruction. Through it all, his aim is to show what happened, not from the point of view of any one of the warring nations but from a global perspective. The result is the first total history of this global war, a work that is both a treasure trove of information and a gripping dramatic narrative.
Author(s): Jeanette Keith
ISBN 13: 9780805076233
Pages: 260
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Title: Inferno: The World at War, 1939-1945

From one of our finest military historians, a monumental work that shows us at once the truly global reach of World War II and its deeply personal consequences. For thirty-five years, Max Hastings has researched and written about different aspects of the war. Now, for the first time, he gives us a magnificent, single-volume history of the entire conflict. Through his strikingly detailed stories of everyday people—of soldiers, sailors and airmen; British housewives and Indian peasants; SS killers and the citizens of Leningrad—Hastings provides a singularly intimate portrait of the world at war. Remarkably informed and wide-ranging, Inferno is both elegantly written and cogently argued. Above all, it is a new and essential understanding of one of the greatest and bloodiest events of the twentieth century.
Author(s): Max Hastings
ISBN 13: 9780307475534
Pages: 729
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