World War II For Dummies

World War II For Dummies

by Keith D. Dickson

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  • Investigate the factors that led to war
  • Examine key turning points, including D-Day and Hiroshima
  • Get to know the opposing forces — the Allies and the Axis

Explore the greatest war in history

World War II was the most destructive conflict of the 20th century. How did it happen — and why? Packed with fascinating anecdotes, interesting sidebars, and top ten lists, this friendly reference contains everything you need to know about World War II, from the issues that caused the war to its most crucial confrontations and what happened in the aftermath. Read about important figures on both sides, study Hitler's war against the Jews, and find out how the Allies finally achieved victory. Whatever your interest, World War II For Dummies is your go-to guide.

Inside …

  • The significance of World War II
  • Hitler's rise to power
  • The invasion of Eastern Europe
  • Pearl Harbor and U.S. neutrality
  • Life and labor on the home front
  • The Holocaust
  • Liberation and what came next

World War II For Dummies (9781119675532) was previously published as World War II For Dummies (9780764553523). While this version features a new Dummies cover and design, the content is the same as the prior release and should not be considered a new or updated product.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781119675570
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 01/07/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 461,725
File size: 13 MB
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About the Author

Keith D. Dickson, PhD, is a Professor of Military Studies at the Joint Forces Staff College, National Defense University. He is a retired Colonel, U.S. Army Special Forces.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Most Destructive War 1

Part 1 Origins and Causes of War, 1919-1939 9

Chapter 1 World War II: Why It Matters and What You Need to Know 11

Chapter 2 The Great War and the Uneasy Peace: How World War II Happened 21

Chapter 3: Hoping for Peace: The Rise of the Dictators, 1933-1939 49

Part II: Starting the War: The Axis Invades and Conquers, 1939-1942 65

Chapter 4: Invading Eastern Europe: Hitler’s Power Grows, 1939 67

Chapter 5: Blitzkrieg in Europe: World War II Begins, 1939-1941 77

Chapter 6: The Ultimate Battle: Hitler versus Stalin 107

Chapter 7: America on the Sidelines: 1933-1941 119

Chapter 8: Collision in Asia: Japan and America, 1937-1941 129

Part III: Behind Enemy Lines: Nations at War 147

Chapter 9: Maintaining Resources: The Axis 149

Chapter 10: Working Together: The Allies 159

Chapter 11: The War against the Jews 169

Part IV: Planning and Launching the Allied Counterattack, 1942-1943 179

Chapter 12: The Politics of Compromise, 1942 181

Chapter 13: Taking North Africa, Sicily, and the Boot 189

Chapter 14: Germany a Three-Time Loser: In Russia, At Home, and in the Atlantic 207

Chapter 15: Guadalcanal, New Guinea, and Midway: Japan’s Three Strikes 227

Chapter 16: Planning for the Rest of the War, 1943 247

Part V: The Long Haul, 1944 253

Chapter 17: The Italian Campaign and Soviet Victories in the East 255

Chapter 18: Liberating Europe: From Normandy to Paris, and Beyond 265

Chapter 19: Japan Begins to Crack 287

Part VI: Starting Over: The War’s Aftereffects, 1945 311

Chapter 20: Ending the War (Almost): The Final Offensive 313

Chapter 21: The Japanese Defeat 339

Chapter 22: The Uneasy Peace 363

Part VII: The Parts of Tens 369

Chapter 23: Ten Formidable Military Leaders of World War II 371

Chapter 24: Ten Weapons That Made a Difference 377

Chapter 25: Ten “What Ifs” of World War II 383

Index 389

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