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Publisher's Summary

When was the last time someone around you brought up World War Two?

It’s a pretty popular war. Maybe you heard about it yesterday. Maybe last month. But it was probably recent. And when it came up, did you wish that you could be the one to casually drop a fact that would have everyone in the room going, “Wow, I never knew that!” 

With this audiobook, you can be that person. 

You can listen to it just a few minutes a day.

Chapters are bite-sized and easy-to-read, meant for normal people instead of war historians!

Each chapter ends with a bonus helping of trivia and some quick questions to test your knowledge. 

You’ll zoom through this book and be hungry for more. 

Get ready to impress your friends with your knowledge–not just of the main events of World War Two, but of all the gritty details and weird true facts. By the time you finish this book, you’ll have a fact for every occasion, from the first moment someone thought about having a Second World War, to the most recent blockbuster movies about it.

So get ready to meet characters from Adolf Hitler, rejected art student, to Jack Churchill, the broadsword-swinging male model. Find out why World War Two started in the first place, and why it’s never a good idea to invade Russia in winter. Learn why the United States was going to stay out of the war, how Canadians stole airplanes for the British, and what an orange soft drink has to do with the Nazis.

Some of the things you’re going to learn are sad. Some are scary. Some are sexy. And some are downright strange! It’s everything your history teacher never got around to telling you.

©2017 LAK Publishing (P)2017 LAK Publishing

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  • Jay
  • Belleville, IL United States
  • 01-12-18

Great intro to WW2!

Would you consider the audio edition of The World War 2 Trivia Book: Interesting Stories and Random Facts from the Second World War to be better than the print version?

I would like to start off by saying I enjoyed the audiobook version of this. The chapters are short enough that for commuting it works very well. The only small gripe I have is the list of facts at the end of each chapter get monotonous to listen to.
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And so on... The good news is that the lists only take a few minutes to go through.

What about Derek Newman’s performance did you like?

Clear tone that isn't monotonous. Great enunciation and diction. Excellent performance!

Any additional comments?

I feel like this is a great INTRODUCTION to a ton of great topics on the war!
Briefly mentioned are things like the night of the long knives, d-day, and Both the pacific and Italian campaigns. There are also mentions of other books, memoirs etc.
If you are interested in a possibly the best memoir of any grunt ever in any war I would recommend Eugene Sledge's With the Old Breed.....

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Fun

Nice overview of World War 2. Fun facts and details not so well known. Enjoyed from beginning to end and learned a few things too.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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Nothing Trivial About This Book

As was my complaint about other Bill O’Neill books, I think saying these are trivia books is a huge discredit to the work and the author. And that is especially true with “The World War II Trivia Book”. There are a lot of terrific back-stories in this book but none more important, in my opinion, than the interim “between the wars”. The holdover issues from World War I were instrumental in seeding the calamity that was World War II. O’Neill does an especially good job of covering the issues in 1930’s Asia and how WW II in the Pacific theater didn’t really begin on December 7, 1941. Excellent insight.

Derek Newman lends a credible tone to the book; an excellent job on his part as well.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Kingsley
  • Henely Brook, Australia
  • 01-02-18

Overview of the War with trivia

Bill O'Neill's WW2 trivia book is a quick overview of the entire history of the war. For those who know only the extreme basics on the war, this book provides a quick overview of the key players, events and outcomes. It explains some of the history leading to the war (such as the Sino-Japanese War that some consider the actual start of WW2, several years before Hitler did his part). For those that know WW2 reasonably well there is still some new and interesting items in here, mainly in the tiny tidbits and weird trivia that aren't as well known.

The book is broken into six parts, covering the nitty gritty details, but also some strange facts. It is mostly chronological, but jumps around a little bit, as required, to cover related topics and events. Each section ends with some quick dot point facts and then a trivia quiz, to test how well you were listening to the prior chapter.

Overall, an enjoyable and interesting listen.

Narration by Derek Newman is good. Clear and easy to follow, he is well paced. Nothing exciting in the narration but good solid, enjoyable work.

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The World War 2 Trivia Book

I am not a history buff, and I found this Trivia Book to be an enjoyable listen. The facts and stories were very interesting.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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Everything that history class should have been

What made the experience of listening to The World War 2 Trivia Book: Interesting Stories and Random Facts from the Second World War the most enjoyable?

This book kept me entertained and paying attention and covers everything from why the war started in the first place to how the different players interacted with one another.

What does Derek Newman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He was able to keep me paying attention throughout the whole book and i never once felt the need to listen to anything else.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Everything high school history should have been.

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Loved the book and kept me listening straight through the whole thing.

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  • Vicky
  • GA, United States
  • 12-22-17

The Not-So-Trivial Trivia Book

This is a book that reveals the significance of the little-known details of World War II, with a cohesiveness that unifies the work. From the sino-japanese war to the US providing planes through Canada before we ever joined the war, Bill O'Neill's book tells the rest of the story with fluent and expressive narration. I recommend this book for those interested in World War II and its ramifications for today.