New History Books: The Second World War

Posted on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 by thewitt


New History Books: The Second World War

Check out these new books on the Second World War through the Santa Clara County Library District.


Eyewitness to World War II: Unforgettable Stories and Photographs from History’s Greatest Conflict

by Neil Kagan and Stephen G. Hyslop

351 pages

Eyewitness to World War II

Along with the main narrative that follows the course of the war, this book includes recollections from those who fought in the conflict or otherwise served in a nation’s war effort. This book also provides many photographs, some of them in color, along with maps and images of artifacts from the war, such as posters and periodical pages.


The Second World War

by Antony Beevor

863 pages

The Second World War

This volume focuses on the war’s battles themselves and the experiences of soldiers, as opposed to the wartime political and economic history of the belligerents. Includes several dozen black-and-white photographs.


Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nation’s Treasures from the Nazis

by Robert M. Edsel

454 pages

Saving Italy

Robert M. Edsel’s book follows the story of how special units of the American and British militaries and Italian cultural officials worked to prevent the destruction and looting of the treasures of the Italian Renaissance during the war.  Includes several dozen black-and-white photographs.


A Higher Call

by Adam Makos with Larry Alexander

392 pages

A Higher Call

Adam Makos tells the story of a mid-air encounter between the crew of a B-17 bomber and the pilot of a Bf-109. As Makos writes: “What transpired between the fighter pilot and the bomber crewmen that day, and how the story played out decades later, defies imagination. It had never happened before and it has not happened since.” Includes several dozen black-and-white photographs.


The Secret Lives of Codebreakers: The Men and Women Who Cracked the Enigma Code at Bletchley Park

Sinclair McKay

338 pages

The Secret Lives of Codebreakers

McKay portrays the wartime work and lives of those who ran the Government Code and Cypher School in London, including Cambridge mathematician Alan Turing, who were charged with cracking the German Enigma codes.

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