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The World War II 100 : a ranking of the most influential figures of the Second World War
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Langer, Howard.
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Franklin Lakes, NJ : New Page Books, [2002]

©2002
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333 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
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English
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9781564145062
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Book

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Presents a ranking of influential figures of World War II, including military leaders, intelligence agents, heads of state, scientists, and journalists.


Author Notes

Howard J. Langer has done extensive research on the events of the war. He is the editor of World War II: An Encyclopedia of Quotations, The History of the Holocaust: A Chronology of Quotations, and The American Revolution, among others. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brooklyn College in Political Science and a Master of Science degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Langer has been a magazine editor for Scholastic, a social science textbook editor for Prentice-Hall, and a publications director for the National Council for the Social Studies and the Anti-Defamation League


Table of Contents

Prefacep. 9
Introduction: A Brief History of World War IIp. 11
1 Adolf Hitler: Cruel and Cunningp. 25
2 Franklin D. Roosevelt: Risking Impeachmentp. 29
3 Winston S. Churchill: From Defeat, Defiancep. 33
4 Joseph Stalin: Ruthless and Paranoidp. 37
5 George C. Marshall: First in War, First in Peacep. 40
6 Isoruku Yamamoto: Planning Pearl Harborp. 44
7 Dwight D. Eisenhower: Leader of the Coalitionp. 47
8 Douglas MacArthur: "I Shall Return."p. 51
9 Jimmy Doolittle: The Raider from "Shangri-La"p. 54
10 Douglas Bader: Legend of the RAFp. 57
11 George S. Patton, Jr.: The Fightingest Field Commanderp. 60
12 Heinz Guderian: Master of the Blitzkreigp. 63
13 Albert Einstein: The Pacifist Who Won the Warp. 66
14 Harry S Truman: "The Buck Stops Here."p. 68
15 Stewart Menzies: Master of the Ultra Secretp. 71
16 Bertram Ramsay: A Miracle at Dunkirkp. 74
17 Georgi Zhukov: Stalin's Toughest Generalp. 77
18 Chester Nimitz: Up from the Canvasp. 79
19 Husband E. Kimmel/Walter Short: Foul-Ups--or Fall Guys?p. 82
20 Ernest J. King: "No Fighter Ever Won by Covering Up."p. 85
21 Henry L. Stimson: Bipartisanship in Time of Perilp. 88
22 Harry L. Hopkins: "Lord Root-of-the-Matter"p. 91
23 William Stephenson: The Spy in Rockefeller Centerp. 93
24 William J. Donovan: American Spymasterp. 95
25 Reinhard Heydrich: Plots and Paranoiap. 98
26 William F. Halsey, Jr.: The Navy's "Patton"p. 101
27 Henri Petain: The Man from Vichyp. 104
28 Alan Brooke: Churchill's "Marshall"p. 106
29 Hideki Tojo: A Time for Hara-Kirip. 109
30 J. Robert Oppenheimer: "I Am Become Death..."p. 112
31 Wernher von Braun: Father of the V-2p. 115
32 Leslie R. Groves: Director of the Manhattan Projectp. 117
33 Omar Bradley: The G.I.'s Generalp. 120
34 Arthur Harris: The 1,000-Plane Raiderp. 123
35 Thomas Kinkaid: In the Spirit of John Paul Jonesp. 126
36 C.A.F. Sprague: "Combustible, Vulnerable, Expendable"p. 129
37 Bernard Montgomery: He Chased the Desert Foxp. 132
38 Takeo Kurita: A Sea Battle and an Electionp. 135
39 Erwin Rommel: Destination: Suez?p. 138
40 William Friedman: Shakespeare, Bacon, and the Purple Codep. 141
41 Henry H. Arnold: Champion of Airpowerp. 144
42 Vasily Chuikov: Hero of Stalingradp. 146
43 Hermann Goering: From Air Ace to War Criminalp. 149
44 Joseph Goebbels: Propagandist to the Endp. 152
45 Masaharu Homma: A Question of Responsibilityp. 155
46 Alfred Jodl: Unconditional Surrenderp. 157
47 Konstantin Rokossovsky: The Captive Herop. 160
48 Wilhelm Keitel: The Man Who Obeyed Ordersp. 163
49 Emperor Hirohito: The Last Wordp. 166
50 Benito Mussolini: Hitler's Junior Partnerp. 169
51 Charles De Gaulle: Leader of Free Francep. 172
52 Joachim von Ribbentrop: The Role of the Deal-Makerp. 175
53 Vyacheslav M. Molotov: Man of the Hammerp. 178
54 Semyon Timoshenko: Rebuilder of the Red Armyp. 181
55 William L. Shirer: From Reporter to Historianp. 184
56 Gerd von Rundstedt: The Fuhrer's Bluntest Generalp. 187
57 Friedrich von Paulus: The Field Marshal and the Corporalp. 190
58 Tomoyuki Yamashita: The Tiger of Malayap. 192
59 Jean Darlan: Behind the North African Landingsp. 195
60 Frank Knox: From Rough Rider to Navy Bossp. 198
61 Josip Broz (Tito): Guerrilla Warfarep. 201
62 Maurice Gamelin: How France Lost the Warp. 204
63 Robert Murphy: A "Diplomat Among Warriors"p. 207
64 Karl Doenitz: Commander of the U-boatsp. 210
65 Heinrich Himmler: The Fuhrer's Hit Manp. 213
66 Neville Chamberlain: The Great Appeaser?p. 216
67 Anthony McAuliffe: Crisis at Bastognep. 218
68 Gustav Krupp/Alfred Krupp: The Family Businessp. 221
69 Andrew Jackson Higgins: Eureka!p. 224
70 Edward R. Murrow: "This...is London."p. 227
71 Ernie Pyle: The Little Guy's Warp. 230
72 Bill Mauldin: Up Frontp. 232
73 Breckinridge Long: Silent Partner of the Holocaust?p. 234
74 Pietro Badoglio: Surrendering Italyp. 237
75 Francisco Franco: Prelude to a World Warp. 240
76 Harold Alexander: Ike's First Choicep. 243
77 Albert Speer: The Slave Masterp. 245
78 Eleanor Roosevelt/Madame Chiang Kai-shek/Queen Elizabeth: The Feminine Mystiquep. 248
79 Lavrenti Beria: Scorched Earth and Non-Personsp. 251
80 Galeazzo Ciano: Mussolini's Heir Apparentp. 254
81 Eduard Benes: Humiliation at Munichp. 257
82 Wladyslaw Sikorski: Betrayal and Deathp. 260
83 Joseph W. Stilwell: The Mission That Failedp. 263
84 Jonathan Wainwright: Last Message from Corregidorp. 266
85 The Sullivan Brothers/The Four Chaplains: On Brotherhoodp. 269
86 Charles Lindbergh, Jr.: The Isolationists' Poster Boyp. 271
87 Chiang Kai-shek: The Agony of Chinap. 274
88 Tadeusz Bor-Komorowski: Leader of an Underground Armyp. 277
89 Claus von Stauffenberg: The Plot That Failedp. 279
90 Anne Frank: Keeping a Diaryp. 281
91 Adolf Eichmann: "Terribly and Terrifyingly Normal"p. 283
92 Robert Jackson: Judgment at Nuremburgp. 286
93 Henry Morgenthau, Jr.: A Plan for Germanyp. 288
94 Cordell Hull: Architect of the United Nationsp. 290
95 George VI/Christian X/Leopold III: Crowned Heads, Royal Symbolsp. 293
96 Haile Selassie: The Plea That Failedp. 296
97 Mordecai Anielewicz: He Fought Backp. 298
98 Joseph P. Kennedy: A Controversial Ambassadorp. 301
99 Paul Reynaud: A Voice in the Wildernessp. 303
100 Pope Pius XII: The Sound of Silencep. 306
Appendix A Honorable, Dishonorable, and Special Mentionsp. 309
Appendix B Chronology of World War IIp. 311
Appendix C Nationalities of the World War II 100p. 316
Bibliographyp. 318
Index of Namesp. 325
Index of Subjectsp. 329
About the Authorp. 335