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thosmoss05 Jun 2018 8:51 p.m. PST

Got a friend looking for a good book which can tell the story of WWII.

Doesn't want to read just about the American perspective, nor just the Allies in Europe. But does want to know about the Japanese invasion of China.

Any suggestions?

Bismarck06 Jun 2018 5:14 a.m. PST

It may be long out of print, but the old American Heritage magazine did a series of hardback books. I gave a copy of the World War II book to my father for a birthday present. Expected the coverage to be primarily on the American participation but it covered the entire war. Lots of info on both theatres and a lot on the Eastern Front. Back in the day it was about $25. USD This was back in the 70s.

Just checked..there is an updated version co authored with Steven Ambrose available through Amazon. Inexpensively priced!

American Heritage History of World War II

Marc33594 Supporting Member of TMP06 Jun 2018 5:36 a.m. PST

"A World at Arms: A Global History of World War II" by Gerhard L. Weinberg. Cambridge University Press, 1994.


You will be hard pressed to find a better, single volume history of the war.

panzerCDR Supporting Member of TMP06 Jun 2018 7:06 a.m. PST

I really enjoyed the Weinberg book, and would normally recommend it. I am not sure it would be a good first book on the subject. In my small mind, there are many areas where it appears the author assumes the gentle reader already has some level of knowledge on the subject. It is a great book, but perhaps not the first one I would suggest.

Tgunner06 Jun 2018 12:33 p.m. PST

World at War- both books and the documentary. I think that covers WWII very thoroughly.

langobard Supporting Member of TMP06 Jun 2018 4:34 p.m. PST

The Second World War by Anthony Beevor. It is sometimes accused of being Anglo-centric but you can't have everything and frankly I've never been convinced about that.

A World At Arms is excellent, but I tend to think of it more in political-economic terms rather than military. Not sure if that is a fair assessment as I haven't looked at it for a while.

Be interesting to see what other suggestions are made. I'll have to look into the World at War The documentary was amazing in its time, but I don't think I've ever read the book.

RebelPaul Supporting Member of TMP06 Jun 2018 6:36 p.m. PST

The late Sir John Keegan's book on World War II. Very detailed.

coopman07 Jun 2018 6:52 p.m. PST

"Inferno" by Max Hastings. Germany invades Poland on page 1.

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