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ABC-CLIO's Encyclopedia of World War II is a monumental work--and an authoritative reference on the Second World War. From the conflict's historic origins to V-J Day and beyond, it offers readers unprecedented coverage of all aspects of the war as it played out in the corridors of power, in the minds of military strategists, on the battlefields, and in the lives of ordinary soldiers and civilians.

In five exhaustive, alphabetically-organized volumes offering over one million words of richly-illustrated text, Encyclopedia of World War II covers every important battle and weapon system individual nations and geographic locations and political, social, and military leaders who played significant roles in the coming of the war, its course, and aftermath. Featured essays offer deeper analyses of crucial events such as Pearl Harbor, the Holocaust, the atomic bomb and other fascinating topics such as signals intelligence and the role of women in war. The documents volume, unmatched in breadth and depth, range from important official writings to personal reminiscences of the war's key events and includes extensive commentary and interpretive material on selected documents. Full of fascinating characters and insights, including a wealth of new information and new thinking about the war's events and impact, Encyclopedia of World War II will stand as the definitive single reference on the subject for years to come.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: World War, 1939-1945 Encyclopedias, History, Modern 20th century Encyclopedias