This dense and fast-paced “history in pictures” flows chronologically, beginning with the prelude to the war, and ending with the conflict’s aftermath. Classic images from the LIFE archives, such as the moments just before and after that unforgettable kiss captured by Eisenstaedt in Times Square, as well as rare government photos recently released from other countries, such as chilling color photographs of Hitler taken by his personal photographer, make this volume a picture history, of unparalleled depth and power.
Chapters and Essays 1919-1939: All Roads Led to War “Four Blunders That Doomed the World” by Robert Edwin Herzstein 1940: France Falls and Britain Teeters “Hitler’s Generals Are Astounded” by Alistair Horne 1941: Finally, America is Forced Into War “The Killing Moves Around the Planet” by Gerhard L. Weinberg 1942: Two Victories Reverse the Momentum “The Beginning Comes to an End” by Harry A. Gailey 1943: From Atoll to Air, the War Grinds on “A Deadly Game of Leapfrog” by Ronald H. Spector 1944: Tyranny on the Brink of Defeat “A Desperate Last-Ditch Resistance” by John Keegan 1945: Splitting Atoms End the War “The Invasion That Never Was” by John S.D. Eisenhower 1946-2001: The War’s Aftermath “Red Scares, Baby Harvest, Fatter Paychecks and Learning to Pull Together” by William L. O’Neill.
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