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50 Things You Should Know About the Second World War is the second instalment and follows the successful title on the First World War. Discover what caused the war and why it eventually affected every corner of the globe. The key battles, events and figures are all explored and recounted in succinct and easy-to understand text while illustrations and photographs bring the50 Things You Should Know About the Second World War is the second instalment and follows the successful title on the First World War. Discover what caused the war and why it eventually affected every corner of the globe. The key battles, events and figures are all explored and recounted in succinct and easy-to understand text while illustrations and photographs bring the past vividly back to life....

Title : 50 Things You Should Know About the Second World War
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ISBN : 9781609927707
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 80 Pages
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50 Things You Should Know About the Second World War Reviews

  • Alex
    2019-06-30 05:56

    This book was altogether pleasant,but I did not love it because it was disorganized this is shown throughout the book because of all the side boxes because it hard for me to follow. The book is called 50 Things You Should Know About World War II the author is Simon Adams. It is a non fiction book about world war II which took place almost everywhere. there is no language or adult themes in the book so most ages should be OK to reed it. the book was published in may frist of 2015

  • Trudy Zufelt
    2019-07-11 04:07

    So much of World War II centers around the Holocaust and the atrocities carried out by the Nazis. Over 7 million people lost their lives simply for being Jewish, Gypsy, homosexual, or disabled. Those lives should never be forgotten. But the second World War was truly a large scale war that encompassed so much more than the front in Europe. With over 20 million lives lost in China alone from the war with Japan, young readers learn of the staggering suffering world wide.Through real life photos, illustrations, maps and snippets of fact laid out in boxes, World War II comes alive for a new generation. The author and designers make extra effort in sensitivity of their intended audience by excluding the most graphic war photos while still illustrating the horror of second World War. They give nod to the organizations formed to try to prevent such heinous activity from happening. While the book concentrates on the causes and effects of the war on Europe, it also covers the war in the Pacific and touches on the war in Africa. A great book to introduce the middle grade reader to the second World War.Disclosure: Book received at no charge in exchange for an honest review.Review as it originally appears on my blog, Boys to Books

  • Bunny Roberts
    2019-07-13 07:59

    Nice quick informational book.

  • Jill
    2019-07-09 04:54

    Like the analogously named book about World War I, this small book is replete with excellent maps, great photos, fascinating fact-boxes, and reader-friendly infographics. But of course, limiting a vast subject like “World War II” to “fifty things” is going to leave some gaps.Perhaps the most significant omission to my mind is the matter of the internment of Japanese Americans in the United States. This involved the forced relocation and incarceration in 1942 of between 110,000 and 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry, 62% of whom were U.S. citizens. Men, women, and children were sent to camps in barren, inhospitable locations. As many as 25 persons lived in spaces intended for four. Their belongings, businesses, and savings were confiscated. (Losses were estimated by the government as more than $200 million in 1942.) None were ever found guilty of disloyalty; a 1980 U.S. Government Commission concluded the incarceration had been the product of racism.Similarly, Britain’s roundup of Italians and Germans (including Jewish citizens from those two countries who had fled to Britain to avoid the Nazis) gets no mention whatsoever.The author includes a “blurb” on the 1944 Warsaw Uprising of the Polish Resistance, but nothing whatsoever about the 1943 uprising of the Warsaw Jewish Ghetto, one of the more amazing acts of resistance in modern history. [You can read a summary of what happened here.] Nor is there any mention of The Katyn massacre, a series of mass executions of Polish nationals carried out by the Soviet secret police in 1940, and only acknowledged by Russia in 1990. (Churchill and FDR both knew about what happened at Katyn, but chose not to criticize their Soviet ally.)Another omission seemed unfortunate to me. Although the author devotes a relatively large section to the British code breakers of Bletchley Park and Alan Turing, it is a shame he did not take the opportunity to report on how the British government “rewarded” Turing for work acknowledged as “essential” in defeating enemy U-boats and helping the Allies at D-Day. (In fact, by some accounts, it has been estimated that the work at Bletchley Park shortened the war in Europe by as many as two to four years. And yes, the post-war world does receive some coverage, so it cannot be said to be outside of the purview of the work.) Turing was prosecuted in 1952 for homosexuality; forced to undergo chemical castration in lieu of imprisonment; and died of cyanide poisoning in 1954 (whether self-induced or not has never been conclusively established). Nevertheless, the author found many ways to include engrossing aspects of a huge subject as well as some “fun facts” (like the derivation of code names for various military operations) and gives a good, if incomplete, overview of what happened during the war. Importantly, I don’t think anyone is going to be bored by the history lessons in this book.Evaluation:  This book does a very good job at introducing the subject of World War II to students. All the eye-popping pictures and facts will no doubt inspire further inquiries, at which time the omitted portions of the history will become clear. Great maps and infographics with plenty of photos will make the time fly as you learn the basics. A brief “who’s who” photo gallery and glossary are at the back of the book.Rating:  3.5/5

  • Pop Bop
    2019-07-10 04:51

    A Reasonably Thorough IntroductionIf you are at all a student of the Second World War there is probably little of interest for you here, except for the entertainment value of mentally fact-checking and weighing the balance and thoroughness of the presentation. But, of course, if you're a student of the War, this book isn't really for you. The publisher identifies this as aimed at 9 -12 year olds, (a 4th - 7th grade readership), and that feels about right, although it would probably take a pretty ambitious reader at the younger end of that scale to fully appreciate this work.That said, the author does an excellent job of setting out a complete timeline from the late 1930's through the end of the War, adding and elaborating on parties, events, and developments as they occurred. Sidebars, fact boxes, informative picture captions, excellent maps, and similar types of asides and visual aids allow for tremendous range and variety in the material presented while still following a coherent main thread. Probably every knowledgeable reader will note some oversight or some important aspect of the War that receives short shrift, but it seems that that's just an unavoidable result of trying to compile such an ambitious overview book.This is not a picture book with captions; it has more substance than that. It is written in a neutral voice, with emphasis on how truly global the conflict was, and how staggering the losses and destruction were, but without seeming to make any special case for any particular party or point of view. This intentional dryness would probably wear thin in a larger treatment, but given the goal of making this a summary and in light of the punchy and sometimes arresting sidebars and the like, this emphasis on brief and succinct statement of facts actually works very well. With this grounding a young reader could easily move on to more detailed or specialized works.So, this strikes me as a solid, thorough and rewarding introduction for a new reader and an interesting diversion for a more advanced reader. Especially considering the slim pickings in the world of middle grade non-fiction, (including especially history and world affairs), this is a nice find.(Please note that I received a free will-self-destruct-in-54-days Adobe ecopy of this book in exchange for a candid review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)

  • Richie
    2019-07-05 05:56

    I picked up 50 things you should know about the Second World War 2 because I wanted to read something that interesting. I always wondered about world war 2, like why did Hitler do what he did to those innocent people? Well this book answered more than that, like how many people that were involved in the war. Hitler thought that the Jews controlled luck, and at the time Hitler was in prison so that why he got the idea to kill all the Jews. I recommend this book for curious people about world war 2

  • Annie
    2019-07-15 08:56

    This book doesn't really offer a new perspective on the war, but it is a very engaging non-fiction text full of large photos, colorful graphics, glossary, and a who's who of the war at the end. The entire book is a timeline, so it would be another great resource to use to teach chronology.

  • Celeste
    2019-07-18 06:53

    This book is a great summary of the major events of WWII. There are interesting facts and succinct summaries with maps and timelines. Great pictures and a good jumping off point to learn more about the events of the war.

  • Emily S.
    2019-07-13 09:03

    Full of interesting information and pictures. Gives just enough to cover the main events of the war. I have it in my classroom & my 4th graders find it fascinating.

  • Andres
    2019-07-08 11:16

    It was okay. An easy read. Most of the stuff I already knew. But I did learn one new thing: that one of the beaches on D-Day was code named Utah Beach. Somehow, I'd never heard that before.

  • Beth
    2019-06-26 06:56

    ARC supplied by publisher via Edelweiss