Not So Happy Anniversary
Today marks the 70th anniversary of the beginning of World War II. Here's a bleg for the NLT readership: what is your favorite or nominee for best book about the conflict? Needn't be comprehensive. My opening bid is John Lukacs' The Last European War,
which only covers the first two years before Pearl Harbor. He is quirky but always interesting. Best book about the back end of the war is Chester Wilmot's The Struggle for Europe
, which takes up the story starting with D-Day. Might say Wilmot has an "Anglo-centric" perspective; he's critical of the U.S. in many places in the narrative. Both are older books (Wilmot dates from the 1950s). Any more recent titles of special merit that I have missed? As we cay in class, "discuss."
8:55 AM / September 1, 2009