Not-So-Happy Anniversary

by Steven F. Hayward

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the beginning of World War II. Here’s a bleg for the NRO readership: What is your favorite book or nominee for best book about the conflict? It needn’t be comprehensive of the whole scene. My opening bid is John Lukacs’s The Last European Warwhich only covers the first two years before Pearl Harbor. He is quirky but always interesting. The 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. One 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’s dates from the 1950s). NRO-niks can post their answers here; NRO readers can e-mail me.

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