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World War II For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-7645-5352-3
Paperback
436 pages
October 2001
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Other Available Formats: E-book

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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