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No end save victory : perspectives on World War II
Ambrose, Stephen E.
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New York : G.P. Putnam's, 2001.
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xiii, 688 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
The German breakout : 1939-1941 -- The great East Asia war -- World at war : 1942-1943 -- The secret war -- The end in Europe : 1944-1945 -- Armageddon in the Pacific : 1944-1945.
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This collection of forty-four essays covers a wide range of World War II subjects and is written by bestselling and award-winning historians. Some highlights include Caleb Carr on Poland in 1939, the only campaign that Hitler won; Stephen E. Ambrose on a pivotal battle to take the Rhine; John Keegan on the siege of Berlin; Victor Davis Hanson on the charismatic and controversial Gen. Curtis LeMay; William Manchester on Churchill's failure to influence the French; and Antony Beevor on the battle for Stalingrad. The pieces have appeared in print only once before in the respected MHQ: The Military Journal of Military History.

Author Notes

Robert Cowley is the editor of What If? The World's Foremost Historians Imagine What Might Have Been and founding editor of MHQ, a publication nominated for a National Magazine Award for General Excellence.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

This absorbing book belies the assumption that no military operation of World War II has escaped an author's attention. Several of the dozens of episodes examined here have never been written up before, such as the German invasion of North America to install a secret weather station in Labrador. Some battles have simply sunk from the notice of experts due to the titanic scale of surrounding events. For instance, the Russians' 1942^-1943 victory at Stalingrad obscured their simultaneously severe reverse at Rzhev, just west of Moscow. Chronicled and assessed by several dozen top-rank contemporary military historians (including Carlo D'Este, Antony Beevor, and Stanley Weintraub), unusual or seldom noticed aspects of the war come to light, none stranger than a characteristically delusional episode from the Nazis' death throes: their production of a Mrs. Miniver^-type inspirational called Life Goes On. With crucial aspects of the Pacific war also unveiled here, a suite of surprises awaits even the most knowledgeable reader of the war's history. Gilbert Taylor

Publisher's Weekly Review

An absorbing, nonsynthetic series of close-up views of the war's multiple fronts and facets, these 44 essays are drawn from the pages of MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History, a must-read for practitioners and fans of the flourishing subgenre. The names behind the essays will certainly pique the interest of general readers: Stephen Ambrose, Caleb Carr, Stanley Weintraub and many others. Highlights include Carr on Poland, 1939, and on German "old-school" Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt; Ambrose on the 1945 Rhine crossingÄover its single remaining bridgeÄby a lesser-known U.S. division in pursuit of Rundstedt; and former deputy undersecretary of the army Thaddeus Holt on Maj. General Edward P. King Jr., "The King of Bataan." Cowley, who edits the What If? book series and is founding editor of MHQ, has chosen judiciously, taking us to Africa, Asia, Guadalcanal and other WWII hot spots. The combination of solid writing and star power has already made this collection a BMOC main selection and a History Book Club alternate; store-based sales won't be far behind. (Mar. 19) Forecast: Despite its size, this collection is anything but bloated and diffuse, and will appeal to readers who don't want to slog through a conventional one-volume history. The contributors' familiarity and respectability will put war-interest browsers over the buy threshold. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

This book is a collection of 44 articles on various topics, reprinted from MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History and organized according to the chronology of World War II. Some of the big guns in the field are represented here, including Stephen E. Ambrose, John Keegan, David Glantz, William Manchester, and Caleb Carr. Along with well-written essays on the capture of the Remagen Bridge and Pearl Harbor are intriguing personal accounts of the Battle of El Alamein and of being a kamikaze pilot. The book, compiled by Cowley, founding editor of MHQ, can easily be read for enjoyment, but without an index, footnotes, or a bibliography its academic usefulness is limited. That is to be expected, however, as the articles were written for a general audience. With 20 maps; the pictures (not seen) should add to the pleasure of reading. Suitable for public libraries. Daniel K. Blewett, Coll. of DuPage Lib., Glen Ellyn, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Robert CowleyCaleb CarrRobert A. DoughtyAnthony BaileyBruce I. GudmundssonWilliam ManchesterDavid ShearsDavid ShearsWilliamson MurrayEliot A. CohenTheodore F. Cook Jr.D. Clayton JamesThaddeus HoltMichael H. ColesWilliam H. WhyteAlvin KernanDavid M. GlantzGeorge GreenfieldAntony BeevorJohn GabayEliot A. CohenJoseph H. AlexanderStanley WeintraubCharles BergesDavid Balme and John McCormickPaul KempDan KurzmanW. A. B. DouglasThaddeus HoltFerenc M. SzaszT. Michael Booth and Duncan SpencerSir David FraserCarlo D'EsteAlistair HorneWilliamson MurrayCaleb CarrStephen E. AmbroseGeorge FeiferJohn KeeganHaruko Taya CookEric MorrisKanji Suzuki and Tadao MorimotoBruce I. GudmundssonVictor Davis HansonEdward J. DreaDavid M. GlantzThomas B. Allen and Norman Polmar
Introductionp. xi
I. The German Breakout: 1939-1941p. 1
Poland 1939p. 3
"Almost a Miracle"p. 22
"Bloody Marvelous"p. 40
After Dunkirkp. 50
"Undaunted by Odds"p. 64
Hitler's D Dayp. 86
Could Sea Lion Have Worked?p. 102
Barbarossap. 107
II. The Great East Asia Warp. 123
The Might-Have-Beens of Pearl Harborp. 125
Tokyo, December 8, 1941p. 131
The Other Pearl Harborp. 144
King of Bataanp. 155
III. World at War: 1942-1943p. 173
The Channel Dashp. 175
Patrolling Guadalcanalp. 191
The Day the Hornet Sankp. 202
The Battle That Never Happenedp. 210
Eighth Army Eyewitness to El Alameinp. 226
Stalingradp. 241
Diary of a Tail Gunnerp. 259
Churchill and His Generalsp. 278
The Turning Points of Tarawap. 292
The Kwai That Never Wasp. 306
Orde Wingate: Rebellious Misfitp. 322
IV. The Secret Warp. 341
Gott Mit Whom?p. 343
Decima Masp. 348
Sabotaging Hitler's Bombp. 362
Beachhead Labradorp. 379
The Deceiversp. 385
Peppermint and Alsosp. 406
V. The End in Europe: 1944-1945p. 419
The Airborne's Watery Triumphp. 421
Rommel's Last Battlep. 442
Falaise: The Trap Not Sprungp. 460
In Defense of Montgomeryp. 474
Did Strategic Bombing Work?p. 494
The Black Knightp. 513
The Last Barrierp. 527
The Last Picture Showp. 552
Berlinp. 565
VI. Armageddon in the Pacific: 1944-1945p. 581
The Myth of the Saipan Suicidesp. 583
The Uncommon Commonerp. 598
A Kamikaze's Storyp. 616
Okinawap. 625
The Right Manp. 639
Previews of Hellp. 657
The Soviet Invasion of Japanp. 671
The Voice of the Cranep. 677