World War II

Fighting in Normandy: The German Army from D-Day to Villers-Bocage

By Heinz Guderian

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This compilation of in-depth accounts by German commanders gives a fuller understanding of the battle for Normandy.

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Decision in Normandy

By Carlo D'Este

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"A splendid and unsparing review of the Normandy campaign from the planning stages to the break out at the Falaise Gap."

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D-day: Operation Overlord: From the Landing at Normandy to the Liberation of Paris

By Tony Hall

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Analyses and descriptions of the Allied actions on the French beaches. Includes maps, charts, illustrations of equipment and documents as well as a forward by Winston Churchill.

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D-Day, June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II

By Stephen E. Ambrose

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From the author of Band of Brothers comes the chronicle of the Allied invasion of Normandy, published on the 50th anniversary of the historic event. Eminent military historian Ambrose draws on previously unavailable government documents and more than 1,200 new interviews to tell the tale.

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Beyond the Beachhead: The 29th Infantry Division in Normandy

By Joseph Balkoski

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Describes the movements of the 29th infantry division during and after the Normandy invasion.

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Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne: From Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest

By Stephen E. Ambrose

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Through soldiers' journals and letters, describes Easy Company's contributions to the campaigns in western Europe and recounts their stories of survival.

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America at D-Day: A Book of Remembrance

By Richard Goldstein

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This book begins during the Allied Command's planning stages and ends with remembrances by soldiers who have returned to the beaches for memorial services.

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The Chrysanthemum and the Sword: Patterns of Japanese Culture

By Ruth Benedict

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A recognized classic of cultural anthropology, this book explores the political, religious, and economic life of Japan from the seventh century through the mid-twentieth, as well as personal family life.

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12 Weeks of Hot Summer Reads: Ashes by Kathryn Lasky

This is Week 3 of a 12-Week series of blog posts reviewing new young adult books. Check back each Monday for a new review.

"Where they burn books, they will end by burning human beings." - Heinrich Heine

This is the opening quote in Ashes, the story of thirteen-year-old Gabrielle Schramm who is living in Berlin in 1932 during the turbulent days of Hitler's rise to power.

Hitler has not yet seized control when the story begins, but there are signs of what's to come. Sightings of Hitler's private army and his personal guard, the "SA" and the "SS," are becoming more frequent, as are attacks on Jewish neighborhoods, businesses and synagogues.

For the most part, Garbrielle is a typical thirteen-year-old girl. She goes to school, talks about movies and movie stars with her best friend Rosa, and occasionally gets in trouble at school for having her nose stuck in a book during math class. Gabrielle is a serious book lover. Jack London, Ernest Hemingway, Helen Keller, Mark Twain ... she devours them all. She's already lost two of her treasured books to her math teacher Herr Doktor Berg.

Suite française

Irène Némirovsky ; translated by Sandra Smith

Celebrated in pre-WWII France for her bestselling fiction, the Jewish Russian-born Némirovsky was shipped to Auschwitz in the summer of 1942, months after this long-lost masterwork was composed. Némirovsky, a convert to Catholicism, began a planned five-novel cycle as Nazi forces overran northern France in 1940. This gripping "suite," collecting the first two unpolished but wondrously literary sections of a work cut short, have surfaced more than six decades after her death.

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