World War II was the most destructive event of the twentieth century. It was total war covering the entire globe, and the nations that fought it employed every available resource, harnessing both technology and people to one purpose. If you look at the world today, you ll be hard-pressed to find a country that was not affected by this war.
If you want to find out more about this war, without being overwhelmed, World War II for Dummies can help. Whether you re looking for a way to enhance your appreciation of the events that took place or just want to refresh your memory without digging through countless volumes of World War II history, this book is right for you.
Accurate and easily accessible World War II for Dummies will help you explore a war that defined and shaped the world we live in today. You ll discover all the players individuals as well as nations who participated in the war and the politics that drove them. Battle by battle, you ll find out how the Axis powers initially took control of the war and how the Allies fought back to win the day. World War II for Dummies also covers:
The origins and causes of World War II
The rise of Hitler and the Third Reich
How the war was handled at home
Germany s invasion of Poland, France, Denmark, Norway, Belgium, and Luxembourg
Great Britain s refusal to surrender after forty-two days of German aerial bombardment
The United States entrance into the war after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor
The Allied invasion of Normandy (D-Day)
Germany s last ditch effort to stop the Allies at the Battle of the Bulge
The use of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki
World War II for Dummies is packed with fascinating anecdotes, interesting sidebars, and top ten lists, that clue you in on many of the issues of this war. This friendly reference gives you the scoop on everything from Pearl Harbor and the Holocaust to D-Day, Midway, and more.
Keith D. Dickson is an associate professor of Military Studies at the Joint Forces Staff College, National Defense University. He is a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Special Forces (the Green Berets).
Introduction: The Most Destructive War 1 Part 1 Origins and Causes of War, 1919-1939 9 Chapter 1 World War II: Why It Matters and What You Need to Know 11 Chapter 2 The Great War and the Uneasy Peace: How World War II Happened 21 Chapter 3: Hoping for Peace: The Rise of the Dictators, 1933-1939 49 Part II: Starting the War: The Axis Invades and Conquers, 1939-1942 65 Chapter 4: Invading Eastern Europe: Hitler s Power Grows, 1939 67 Chapter 5: Blitzkrieg in Europe: World War II Begins, 1939-1941 77 Chapter 6: The Ultimate Battle: Hitler versus Stalin 107 Chapter 7: America on the Sidelines: 1933-1941 119 Chapter 8: Collision in Asia: Japan and America, 1937-1941 129 Part III: Behind Enemy Lines: Nations at War 147 Chapter 9: Maintaining Resources: The Axis 149 Chapter 10: Working Together: The Allies 159 Chapter 11: The War against the Jews 169 Part IV: Planning and Launching the Allied Counterattack, 1942-1943 179 Chapter 12: The Politics of Compromise, 1942 181 Chapter 13: Taking North Africa, Sicily, and the Boot 189 Chapter 14: Germany a Three-Time Loser: In Russia, At Home, and in the Atlantic 207 Chapter 15: Guadalcanal, New Guinea, and Midway: Japan s Three Strikes 227 Chapter 16: Planning for the Rest of the War, 1943 247 Part V: The Long Haul, 1944 253 Chapter 17: The Italian Campaign and Soviet Victories in the East 255 Chapter 18: Liberating Europe: From Normandy to Paris, and Beyond 265 Chapter 19: Japan Begins to Crack 287 Part VI: Starting Over: The War s Aftereffects, 1945 311 Chapter 20: Ending the War (Almost): The Final Offensive 313 Chapter 21: The Japanese Defeat 339 Chapter 22: The Uneasy Peace 363 Part VII: The Parts of Tens 369 Chapter 23: Ten Formidable Military Leaders of World War II 371 Chapter 24: Ten Weapons That Made a Difference 377 Chapter 25: Ten What Ifs of World War II 383 Index 389 Book Registration Information Back of Book