World War II

World War II

The Axis Assault, 1939-1942

Book - 2003
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Introducing a new series where history comes alive in riveting documents and images of great events as they occurred

We have long relied on historians to sift through the debris of history and piece together narratives to shape our understanding of events. But it is in the letters, diaries, speeches, song lyrics, newspaper articles, and government papers that history comes alive. The New York Times Living History books reinvigorate history by presenting the actual documents and images of the day.

Eminent historian Douglas Brinkley has carefully chosen fifty critical documents that chart the Axis's grip over Europe and the Pacific-such as Churchill's Blood and Toil speech and the text of the Atlantic Charter. Readers will find FDR's cables to Japan in the hours before Pearl Harbor, Edward R. Murrow's broadcast during the Blitz, an American G.I.'s last message from Corregidor, and a Dutch boy's diary recounting Germany's invasion.

Each primary document is accompanied by New York Times reporting or commentary from the period and original text illuminating their historical significance. News photos and other images add a strong visual component to this vivid re-creation of history.
Publisher: New York : Times Books, c2003.
ISBN: 9780805072464
Branch Call Number: 940. 53 WOR
Characteristics: xii, 349 p. : ill., ports. ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Brinkley, Douglas
Rubel, David
Alternative Title: World War 2
World War Two


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Jun 10, 2017

Anyone interested in WWII will find this worth their time. It has accounts that I've never seen before. The description of a small piece of the battle of Midway as seen by the leader and planner of the Pearl Harbor attack is gripping. Mr. Brinkley has laid out the material in a very readable sequence.
A very satisfying read.

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