The Reality Behind the Distortions, Myths, Lies, and Illusions of World War II

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Baker & Taylor
An objective, revisionist analysis of World War II is broken down into such categories as "Mobilization," "Strategy," and "Technology," and provides a mix of facts and statistics

Book News
Eschewing a chronological narrative, triumphalism, and descriptions of battles, Ponting (political science, U. of Swansea, Wales) examines the impact of World War II on the service personnel and the civilians, how more and more countries were sucked into the maelstrom until it became nearly universal, the interplay between warfare and technology, and other aspects that remain important now that the anniversary celebrations have stilled. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Blackwell North Amer
In this revisionist assessment of the most destructive conflict in human history, Clive Ponting examines World War II with cool objectivity. Thus, for the first time, readers are encouraged to regard this enormous struggle as dispassionately and impersonally as if it had taken place in, say, the eighteenth century.
Armageddon eschews a conventional chronological account in order to concentrate on the deeper forces shaping the origins, course, and outcome of the war. It analyzes how and why World War II expanded from a limited European battleground to become the only universal war in history, why countries were dragged into the fighting, and how only a small number of neutral states escaped. Though Ponting does compare the military capacities of the Allies and the Axis, he avoids a conventional description of battlefield maneuvers, concentrating instead on the impact of the war on service personnel everywhere. He also details the fates of the hundreds of millions of civilians enmeshed in the war - how they survived occupation, and what resistance, collaboration, and liberation really meant.

& Taylor

An objective, revisionist analysis of World War II is broken down into such categories as "Mobilization," "Strategy," and "Technology," and provides an often startling mix of facts and statistics. 25,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Random House, c1995
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780679436027
Branch Call Number: 940.53 PO
Characteristics: xxii, 376 p. : maps ; 25 cm


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