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The World War II Bookshelf: 50 Must-Read Books

James F. Dunnigan

ISBN 0806526491
Publish Date 9/1/2005
Format Trade Paperback
Categories Citadel, Military
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The Finest Books On The War That Changed The World

Unlike any conflict before or since, World War II was a truly worldwide war, with dozens of nations participating in significant battles in virtually every corner of the globe. In this definitive guide, renowned military analyst James F. Dunnigan chooses fifty titles out of the many thousands of books published on the subject and provides in-depth analysis and perceptive readings of these classic texts.

The World War II Bookshelf will take you on powerful and moving journeys into the heart of battle. Go behind the scenes with The Wizard War by R. V. Jones, and witness the terror and tragedy of civilians caught up in war’s savagery in Russia at War by Alexander Werth. These books cover the gamut of conflict—in the air, on land, and beneath the waves—and location, from Guadalcanal by Richard B. Frank to The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William L. Shirer, as well as the causes of the war and the personalities who dominated the efforts on both sides.

Dunnigan’s selections and his candid, thought-provoking essays provide invaluable insight into the scope of the war, the theaters of operation, the legendary leaders and everyday heroes, and the strategy and tactics employed in the largest, bloodiest, and most complex war ever fought.

James F. Dunnigan is the author of more than twenty books on military subjects, including The Perfect Soldier: Special Operations, Commandos, and the Future of U.S. Warfare. His Web site,, receives some two million hits per month. He lives in New York.

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