World War II: A Student Companion

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World War II: A Student Companion

William L. O'Neill, "World War II: A Student Companion"
Oxford University Press, USA; Student edition (April 15, 1999) | ISBN:0195108000 | 384 pages | PDF | 1,4 Mb

From School Library Journal
Grade 9 Up-A readable, concise, and informative book. Organized alphabetically with brief articles ranging in length from a single paragraph to over four pages, the book is illustrated with black-and-white photographs, maps, and reproductions. The text will answer readers' questions and probably inspire further research. Almost every article is cross-referenced and contains a bibliography. Minor problems include occasional moments of editorializing and some quirkiness in the discussion of "Motion Pictures." Although the information presented is pretty standard and much of it might be found in a good encyclopedia, students will find it helpful to have everything in one easy-to-use volume.
Herman Sutter, Saint Pius X High School, Houston, TX
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews
From frank evaluations of ordinance and strategy (``MacArthur's defense of the Philippines could hardly have been worse'') to accounts of the treatment of women and African-Americans in the armed services, this wide-ranging alphabetical compendium of topical and biographical articles goes a long way toward filling in the blanks for young students of the war. O'Neill keeps jargon to a minimum, ends most entries with reading lists, uses plenty of cross references, and includes World Wide Web sites in the back matter. The illustrations, a perfunctory smattering of tiny black-and-white maps and photos, are a weak point, but the author presents information with the succinct clarity that is essential in the best quick-reference tools.