World War II for Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/tech))

World War II for Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/tech))

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  • 製本 Paperback:紙装版/ペーパーバック版/ページ数 405 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780764553523
  • DDC分類 940.3

Full Description

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Most Destructive War             1  (8)
Part I: Origins and Causes of the War, 9 (56)
World War II: Why It Matters and What You 11 (10)
Need to Know
The Great War and the Uneasy Peace: How World 21 (28)
War II Happened
Hoping for Peace: The Rise of the Dictators, 49 (16)
Part II: Starting the War: The Axis Invades and 65 (82)
Conquers, 1939--1942
Invading Eastern Europe: Hitler's Power 67 (10)
Grows, 1939
Blitzkrieg in Europe: World War II Begins, 77 (30)
The Ultimate Battle: Hitler versus Stalin 107(12)
America on the Sidelines: 1933--1941 119(10)
Collision in Asia: Japan and America, 129(18)
Part III: Behind Enemy Lines: Nations at War 147(32)
Maintaining Resources: The Axis 149(10)
Working Together: The Allies 159(10)
The War against the Jews 169(10)
Part IV: Planning and Launching the Allied 179(74)
Counterattack, 1942--1943
The Politics of Compromise, 1942 181(8)
Taking North Africa, Sicily, and the Boot 189(18)
Germany a Three-Time Loser: In Russia, At 207(20)
Home, and in the Atlantic
Guadalcanal, New Guinea, and Midway: Japan's 227(20)
Three Strikes
Planning for the Rest of the War, 1943 247(6)
Part V: The Long Haul, 1944 253(58)
The Italian Campaign and Soviet Victories in 255(10)
the East
Liberating Europe: From Normandy to Paris, 265(22)
and Beyond
Japan Begins to Crack 287(24)
Part VI: Starting Over: The War's Aftereffects, 311(58)
Ending the War (Almost): The Final Offensive 313(26)
The Japanese Defeat 339(24)
The Uneasy Peace 363(6)
Part VII: The Part of Tens 369(20)
Ten Formidable Military Leaders of World War 371(6)
Ten Weapons That Made a Difference 377(6)
Ten ``What Ifs?'' of World War II 383(6)
Index 389