An outstanding new military history of the first half of World War II, featuring a rich array of images, exclusive graphics, superb new maps, and expert analysis commissioned by the United States Military Academy to teach the art of war to West Point cadets.Since 1836, United States Military Academy texts have been the gold standard for teaching military history and the opAn outstanding new military history of the first half of World War II, featuring a rich array of images, exclusive graphics, superb new maps, and expert analysis commissioned by the United States Military Academy to teach the art of war to West Point cadets.Since 1836, United States Military Academy texts have been the gold standard for teaching military history and the operational art of war. Now the USMA has developed a new military history series for the public featuring the story of World War II in two volumes, of which this is the first.The West Point History of World War II combines the expertise of preeminent historians with hundreds of maps and images, many created for this volume or selected from Army collections. The first volume offers a balanced narrative analyzing the rising tide of Axis conquest from 1939 to mid-1942, ranging from battlefield decisions to operational and strategic plans, all set in their proper political context. The closing chapter provides a thematic treatment of the mobilization of the warring nations’ economies and home fronts for the conduct of total war. The West Point History of World War II has been tested, checked, and polished by West Point cadets, faculty, and graduates to make this the best military history of its kind....
|Title||:||West Point History of World War II, Vol. 1|
|Number of Pages||:||352 Pages|
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West Point History of World War II, Vol. 1 Reviews
The West Point History of World War II, Vol. 1 straddles the line between a beautiful coffee table or display book and a history text. It is successful on both counts though I think its hardback version makes a better coffee table book while an interactive electronic version would make an excellent textbook.The graphics, photographs and maps are phenomenal and make this an excellent addition to even a WWII buff's library. Many pieces were developed for this volume or not previously published from the Academy's archives. Each section of the text is written by a historian who specializes in that area and incorporates the latest scholarship. This is not meant to be an in depth military history presented in a vacuum but rather the story of the war from its seeds in the Treaty of Versailles with attention to all of the aspects of the war from strategy on the battlefield to work on the home front.I want to clarify one point about the hardback's use as a textbook. As a former educator I would have hesitated to assign this book in a WWII survey course because of its physical size, not because the text is unworthy. The book is roughly the size of a sheet of paper, 8.5"x11". While not necessarily prohibitively large size is a factor to consider. That said, if I found this to be the best text for the course, I would not hesitate to assign it.I would recommend this to anyone from a history buff to someone wanting a better understanding of the lead-in to the war and the first conflicts. The writing is very accessible without losing its rigor, with plenty of endnotes to supplement further research.Reviewed from a copy made available through Goodreads First Reads.
940.53 W5196 2015