Walker, Mark. Nazi Science: Myth, Truth, and the German Atomic Bomb (Basic Books, 2001).
This is a chilling, behind-the-scenes look at the use and misuse of science by officials of the Third Reich and the scientists who served them. Walker investigates whether most German scientists during Hitler's regime embraced the tenets of National Socialism or cooperated in a Faustian pact for financial support of their research. It provides a comprehensive look at what surprisingly turned out to be an Achilles' heel for Hitler.
Walker, J. Samuel. Prompt and Utter Destruction: Truman and the Use of Atomic Bombs Against Japan (The University of North Carolina Press, 2004).
In this concise account of why America used atomic bombs against Japan in 1945, J. Samuel Walker analyzes the reasons behind Presdient Truman's most controversial decision. Delineating what was known and not known by American leaders at the time, Walker evaluates the roles of U.S.-Soviet relations and of American domestic politics. In this new edition, Walker takes into account recent scholarship on the topics, including new information on the Japanese decision to surrender. He has also revised the book to to place more emphasis on the effect of the Soviet invasion of Manchuris in convincing the emperor and his adviser to quit the war. Rising above an often polemical debate, Walker presents an accessible synthesis of previous work an important, original contribution to our understanding of the events that ushered in the atomic age.
Walker, Stephen. Shockwave: Countdown to Hiroshima (Harper Perennial, 2006).
Shockwave is the story of the three weeks leading up to the bombing of Hiroshima, as seen through the eyes of the pilots, victims, scientists, and world leaders at the center of the drama. Extraordinary interviews with American and Japanese witnesses tell the story of the bombing of Hiroshima with unparalleled immediacy and veracity -- including the tale of the copilot of the Enola Gay, the atomic scientist who arms the bomb in midair, and the Japanese student desperately searching for his lover in the ruins of the city.
Walter, Elizabeth B. Barefoot in the Rubble (Pannonia Press, 1997).
Barefoot In The Rubble, Elizabeth Walter thus joins a distinguished company of Vertreibung survivoirs who have refused to let the politics of memory destroy their own sense of self-worth. Until more of the world's population than is now the case realize, with Orwell, that 'punishing an enemy brings no satisfaction, ' she cannot expect a wide audience; but those of us who have read her story are in her debt. " (Charles M. Barber) Listed on the the State of Illinois Holocaust bibliography.
Ward, Geoffrey C. and Ken Burns. The War: An Intimate History, 1941-1945 (Knopf, 2007).
The vivid voices that speak from these pages are not those of historians or scholars. They are the voices of ordinary men and women who experienced—and helped to win—the most devastating war in history, in which between 50 and 60 million lives were lost. Focusing on the citizens of four towns— Luverne, Minnesota; Sacramento, California; Waterbury, Connecticut; Mobile, Alabama;—The War follows more than forty people from 1941 to 1945. Woven largely from their memories, the compelling, unflinching narrative unfolds month by bloody month, with the outcome always in doubt. All the iconic events are here, from Pearl Harbor to the liberation of the concentration camps—but we also move among prisoners of war and Japanese American internees, defense workers and schoolchildren, and families who struggled simply to stay together while their men were shipped off to Europe, the Pacific, and North Africa.
Wasserstein, Bernard. Secret War in Shanghai: An Untold Story of Espionage, Intrigue, and Treason in World War II (Houghton Mifflin, 1999).
Shanghai during World War II was a killing field of brutal competition, ideological struggle, and murderous political intrigue. China's largest and most cosmopolitan city, the intelligence capital of the Far East, was a magnet for a corrupt and bizarrely colorful group of men and women drawn to the "Paris of the East" for its seductive promise of high living and easy money. Political and sexual loyalties were for sale to the highest bidder. Allied and Axis agents, criminal gangs, and paramilitary units under various flags waged secret, savage warfare. Espionage, lurid vice, subversion, and crime come together in a lethal concoction. Nowhere on earth was the twilight zone between politics and criminality better exemplified than in this glittering and dangerous place.
Secret War in Shanghai is the first book-length account of the little-known story of Shanghai's underground war. The widely respected historian Bernard Wasserstein has researched it entirely from original sources and uncovered startling new evidence of collaboration and treason by American, British, and Australian citizens. This remarkable depiction of complicity and betrayal is history at its most exciting and surprising.
Webster, Donovan. The Burma Road : The Epic Story of the China-Burma-India Theater in World War II (FSC. 2004).
As the Imperial Japanese Army swept across China and South Asia at World War II's outset—closing all of China's seaports—more than 200,000 Chinese laborers embarked on a seemingly impossible task: to cut a 700-mile overland route—which would be called the Burma Road -- from the southeast Chinese city of Kunming to Lashio, Burma. But with the fall of Burma in early 1942, the road was severed, and it became the task of American General "Vinegar Joe" Stilwell to reopen it, while keeping China supplied by air-lift from India and simultaneously driving the Japanese out of Burma as the first step of the Allied offensive toward Japan. In gripping prose, Donovan Webster follows the adventures of the American "Hump" pilots who flew hair-raising missions to make food-drops in China; tells the true story that inspired the famous film The Bridge on the River Kwai; and recounts the grueling jungle operations of Merrill's Marauders and the British Chindit Brigades. Interspersed with portraits of the American General Stilwell, the exceedingly eccentric British General Orde Wingate, and the mercurial Chinese Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek, The Burma Road vividly recreates the sprawling, sometimes hilarious, often harrowing, and still largely unknown stories of one of the greatest chapters of World War II.
Wegner, Gregory. Anti-Semitism and Schooling Under the Third Reich (RoutledgeFalmer, 2002).
Schools played a major role in advancing an ideological justification for mass murder and legitimizing a Nazi culture of ethnic and racial hatred. Wegner provides a fascinating look at the anti-Semitic foundations of Nazi curriculum for elementary schools, paying particular attention to the subjects of biology, history and literature. Wegner argues that any study of Nazi society and its values must probe the education provided by the regime in order to understand how the official knowledge of the state was circulated and legitimized. Anti-Semitism and Schooling Under the Third Reich chronicles an extreme case of what happens when schools are put in the service of a political agenda.
Weinberg, Gerhard L. A World at Arms: A Global History of World War II (Cambridge University Press, Second edition, 2005).
In a new edition featuring a new preface, A World of Arms remains a classic of global history. Widely hailed as a masterpiece, this volume remains the first history of World War II to provide a truly global account of the war that encompassed six continents. Starting with the changes that restructured Europe and its colonies following the First World War, Gerhard Weinberg sheds new light on every aspect of World War II. Actions of the Axis, the Allies, and the Neutrals are covered in every theater of the war. More importantly, the global nature of the war is examined, with new insights into how events in one corner of the world helped affect events in often distant areas.
Weinberg, Gerhard L. Visions of Victory: The Hopes of Eight World War II Leaders (Cambridge University Press, 2005).
Visions of Victory explores the views of eight war leaders of the major powers of World War II—Hitler, Mussolini, Tojo, Chiang Kai-shek, Stalin, Churchill, de Gaulle, and Roosevelt - and compares their visions of the future assuming their side had emerged victorious. While the leaders primarily focused their attention on the strategy for fighting and winning the war, these very decisions were often shaped by their aspirations and hopes for the future. Weinberg assesses how subsequent events were impacted by these decisions and examines how these visions for the future changed and evolved throughout the war.
Welch, Bob. American Nightingale (Atria, 2005).
She was a Jewish girl growing up in World War I-torn Poland. At age seven, she and her family immigrated to America with dreams of a brighter future. But Frances Slanger could not lay her past to rest, and she vowed to help make the world a better place -- by joining the military and becoming a nurse.
Frances, one of the 350,000 American women in uniform during World War II, was among the first nurses to arrive at Normandy beach in June 1944. She and the other nurses of the 45th Field Hospital would soon experience the hardships of combat from a storm-whipped tent amid the anguish of wounded men and the thud of artillery shells. Months later, a letter that Frances wrote to the Stars and Stripes newspaper won her heartfelt praise from war-weary GIs touched by her tribute to them. But she never got to read the scores of soldiers' letters that poured in. She was killed by German troops the very next day.
Welch, David. Propaganda and the German Cinema, 1933-1945 (I. B. Tauris: 2001).
This is the most comprehensive analysis to date of Nazi film propaganda in its political, social, and economic contexts, from the pre-war cinema as it fell under the control of the Propaganda Minister, Joseph Goebbels, through to the end of the Second World War. David Welch studies more than one hundred films of all types, identifying those aspects of Nazi ideology that were concealed in the framework of popular entertainment.
Welch, David. The Third Reich: Politics and Propaganda (Routledge, 2002).
This work re-appraises one of the most closely studied issues in European history-the appeal of the Nazi party and analyses the reasons behind the remarkable and sustained success of National Socialism in Germany. David Welch challenges previously held assumptions about the effectiveness of Nazi Propaganda, summarizes the major current debates and argues that in order to be successful, propaganda must preach to the partially converted. This second edition brings the book up to date with a revised introduction and postscript to reflect the historiographical debates of the 1990s. It includes new material on many topics such as the medium of radio, the "Hitler myth" and racial purity.