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The Story of World War II | [Donald L. Miller, Henry Steele Commanger]

The Story of World War II

Drawing on previously unpublished eyewitness accounts, prizewinning historian Donald L. Miller has written what critics are calling one of the most powerful accounts of warfare ever published. Here are the horror and heroism of World War II in the words of the men who fought it, the journalists who covered it, and the civilians who were caught in its fury. Miller gives us an up-close, deeply personal view of a war that was more savagely fought - and whose outcome was in greater doubt - than one might imagine. This is the war that Americans on the home front would have read about had they had access to previously censored testimony.
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Publisher's Summary

Drawing on previously unpublished eyewitness accounts, prizewinning historian Donald L. Miller has written what critics are calling one of the most powerful accounts of warfare ever published. Here are the horror and heroism of World War II in the words of the men who fought it, the journalists who covered it, and the civilians who were caught in its fury. Miller gives us an up-close, deeply personal view of a war that was more savagely fought - and whose outcome was in greater doubt - than one might imagine. This is the war that Americans on the home front would have read about had they had access to the previously censored testimony of the soldiers on which Miller builds his gripping narrative.

Miller covers the entire war - on land, at sea, and in the air - and provides new coverage of the brutal island fighting in the Pacific, the bomber war over Europe, the liberation of the death camps, and the contributions of African Americans and other minorities. He concludes with a suspenseful, never-before-told story of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, based on interviews with the men who flew the mission that ended the war.

Donald L. Miller is the John Henry MacCracken Professor of History at Lafayette College. He is a creator and associate producer of the HBO documentary He Has Seen War and has been chief consultant for numerous award-winning PBS productions. He is author of the prizewinning City of the Century: The Epic of Chicago and the Making of America.

©1945 Henry Steele Commager; renewed by Lou Reda Productions and Mary Steele Commager. Revisions; and introduction 2001 by Donald L. Miller (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"This is the book that deserves to be titled The Story of World War II...." (James Bradley, New York Times best-selling author)

"A major publishing event. Donald Miller’s additions to the original account are outstanding, and the total effect is one few readers will ever forget." (David McCullough, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning author)

"Whenever you do a film, there’s always a book that you want in your hip pocket to settle all questions. The Story of World War II was that book." (Ken Burns, creator of the seven-part documentary The War)

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    geffrey KENT, WA, United States 05-02-13
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    "Best written, best narrator"

    Hands down among the best of 20+ related books on this topic I've read or listened to in the past decade. A generous, over-arching history of WWll, factoid-filled and fleshed out with choice, heartfelt recollections of the men and women who were there, in broad spectrum of their capacities. Wrapped up with the perfect ender.

    Excellent, excellent, excellent. And at 25hrs a prize and a half.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "Great book on the history of WWII"

    I would listen to this book again and probably will. I thought I already knew a lot about this time period but this book provided some insite and information I was totally unaware of.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dean Thomas Caloundra, Qld Australia 06-01-14
    Dean Thomas Caloundra, Qld Australia 06-01-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Amazing Inspiring Thought Provoking"
    What other book might you compare The Story of World War II to and why?

    Donald Miller 'the Story of World War II' stands out as exceptional just like 'Masters of the Air - America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany '


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ending with its amazing insights to the 'casualty of war' is truly epic! It should be reading material for all young people


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I'm not a emotional guy but on many occasions I couldn't help but feel awe and amazment of the people and the times. In so many ways I wish today's society had some of the values and characters of that time. I am glad however that we don't have all of them though!


    Any additional comments?

    The soldiers reflections many years after the war are truly moving and must never be forgotten, never treated lightly. We could do well for the future if we stop and look back to the past and be inspired and scared of the highest and lowest of humanity brought out during such a troubled time!

    While this may not be a book you will listen to from start to finish, you may find yourself like me wanting to take a break from it every now and again. Nevertheless, it is one you will always find yourself coming back to learn from, not just of the historical details but because of the wonderful perspective the author brings to the story through the accounts of the people involved!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa D. Lingham San Diego 04-19-14
    Lisa D. Lingham San Diego 04-19-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Tremendous Detail"

    It is naïve to think we understand what it was like to fight in World War II. However, the author does a wonderful job of blending a global view of the conflict along with explicit details of the horrors of war and what it was like to be on the front lines and beyond. I learned a great deal from this book that I had not previously known about the war. I would definitely recommend it. The performance of the narrator was flawless.

    My only criticism is that, at times I felt as if the book should be renamed "How African Americans Won the War". While it is noteworthy to point out the contributions and misconceptions of African Americans in WWII, the author seems to overdo it in my opinion while glossing over the contributions of other ethnic groups such as Japanese Americans.

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    dentonf 04-30-14
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    "PLEASE DON'T BOTHER....!"
    What disappointed you about The Story of World War II?

    The narrator... G0D how monotone, robotic can a person be. It was like forcing a kid to read a book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The story was OK. but the narrator put me off. I stopped listening halveway.


    How could the performance have been better?

    A five year could do a better performance.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Story of World War II?

    NONE


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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