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A dictionary of the Second World War
Wheal, Elizabeth-Anne.
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Publication Information:
New York : P. Bedrick Books, 1990.

Physical Description:
xvi, 541 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, 36 maps ; 25 cm
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D740 .W47 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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Some 1,600 cross-referenced entries provide concise descriptions of the people, events, strategies, politics and weapons, buttressed with 37 campaign maps and seven chronologies of events in the major "theaters" in which WWII was waged.

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Library Journal Review

This dictionary, part of a growing body of reference works on World War II, includes over 1600 alphabetically-listed entries focusing on weapons, operations, and personalities. On the whole the entries are accurate and informative despite their relative brevity; each of the major war theaters has a longer descriptive essay. Comprehensive cross-referencing enhances the dictionary's value to anyone seeking to check specific points quickly. Seven detailed chronologies based on the principal campaigns and 37 well-executed maps complete a work whose high quality merits a place in private collections as well as reference libraries.-- D.E. Showalter, Colorado Coll., Colorado Springs (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Written by three British journalists, this is a balanced, judicious, up-to-date survey of WW II. Coverage is comprehensive, including military campaigns and battles, diplomatic conferences, biographies of important persons, code names for operations, and weapons. Discussions of weapons always contain specifications and often extensive production histories. The dictionary arrangement necessarily results in some overlap, but the authors handle the problem well. Entries are in the form by which the person, event, or object is best known in Britain; and, although there are many references, more references directed toward American readers would be helpful. Articles range in length from a few sentences to 3 to 4 pages. The black-and-white maps are good. Well-selected black-and-white photos add atmosphere. Typography is clear and there are few typographical errors. No sources or bibliography are listed. This work complements similar works by Louis Snyder, Louis L. Snyder's Historical Guide to World War II (CH, Jun'83) and The Historical Encyclopedia of World War II, ed. by Marcel Baudot and others (CH, Mar'81). The book under review is highly recommended for any library that does not already own the Snyder or Baudot books or that wishes comprehensive coverage. -D. W. Barthell, The George Washington University