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  1. The following reading suggestions are largely based upon what is available in Brunel's library and through jstor.ac.uk on the internet. The Second World War is an immensely popular subject among the general reading public, as shown recently by the best-selling status of Anthony Beevor's books and a spate of books on the Battle of Britain and D-Day. It is possible as a consequence to get some high-quality texts from local public libraries. I have therefore included in this list a number of texts that I do not believe are available at Brunel, but which may well be available to you elsewhere. These have been underlined. If you wish to consult books and journals not held in Brunel Library, you can use most other university libraries for reference through the reciprocal access schemes of which Brunel is a member. Alternatively, the Library can obtain material from the British Library through its Inter Library Loans service, at a charge which covers the direct costs paid by the Library for this facility. For guidance on how to find material which is not held at Brunel Library see: http://intranet.brunel.ac.uk/library/help/guides/elsewhere.html Texts marked ## are articles or extracts which can be borrowed from me on short-term loan

  2. Origins and Road to War (continued from PX3411 Part 1)            

  3. Leaders, Statesmen and Generals 56 items
    1. Churchill: the unexpected hero - Paul Addison 2005

      Book Recommended reading

    2. Eisenhower: Vol.1: Soldier, general of the army, president-elect, 1890-1952 - Stephen E. Ambrose 1984, c1983

      Book Recommended reading

    3. Hitler and Stalin: parallel lives - Alan Bullock c1998

      Book Recommended reading

    4. Hitler: a study in tyranny - Alan Bullock 2005

      Book Recommended reading

    5. Churchill and the Soviet Union - David Carlton 2000

      Book Recommended reading

    6. Anthony Eden: a biography - David Carlton 1986, c1981

      Book Recommended reading

    7. Churchill: the end of glory : a political biography - John Charmley 1995

      Book Recommended reading

    8. Supreme command: soldiers, statesmen and leadership in wartime - Eliot A. Cohen 2003

      Book Recommended reading

    9. The German military in the age of total war - Wilhelm Deist 1985

      Book Recommended reading

    10. Germany and the Second World War - Ralf Blank, Jèorg Echternkamp, Germany 1990-

      Book Recommended reading

    11. Stalin: a political biography - Isaac Deutscher 1967

      Book Recommended reading

    12. War diaries, 1939-1945: Field Marshal Lord Alanbrooke - Alan Brooke Alanbrooke, Alex Danchev, Daniel Todman 2001

      Book Recommended reading

    13. Alanbrooke. - David Fraser 2011

      Book Recommended reading

    14. War, Strategy, and International Politics September 24, 1992

      Book Recommended reading

    15. Ike and Monty: generals at war - Norman Gelb 1994

      Book Recommended reading

    16. Ike and Monty: generals at war - Norman Gelb 1994

      Book Recommended reading

    17. Road to victory: Winston S. Churchill 1941-1945 - Martin Gilbert 1986

      Book Recommended reading

    18. Stalin: man of history - Ian Grey 1979

      Book Recommended reading

    19. Hitler in history - Eberhard Jèackel 1984

      Book Recommended reading

    20. Grand strategies in war and peace - Paul M. Kennedy c1991

      Book Recommended reading

    21. Strategy and diplomacy 1870-1945: eight studies - Paul M. Kennedy 1984, c1983

      Book Recommended reading

    22. Hitler, 1936-45: nemesis - Ian Kershaw 2000

      Book Recommended reading

    23. The juggler: Franklin Roosevelt as wartime statesman - Warren F. Kimball c1991

      Book Recommended reading

    24. Three dictators: Mussolini, Hitler, Stalin - Stephen King-Hall 1964

      Book Recommended reading

    25. Churchill and Hitler: essays on the political-military direction of total war - David Jablonsky 1994

      Book Recommended reading

    26. Britain, the United States and the Mediterranean War, 1942-44 - Matthew Jones, St. Antony's College (University of Oxford) 1996

      Book Recommended reading

    27. The mask of command - John Keegan 2004,1987

      Book Recommended reading

    28. De Gaulle: [Vol.1]: The rebel 1890-1944 - Jean Lacouture, Patrick O'Brian 1990

      Book Recommended reading

    29. Churchill as war leader: right or wrong? - Richard Lamb 1991

      Book Recommended reading

    30. Churchill as warlord - Ronald Lewin 1973

      Book Recommended reading

    31. Hitler's mistakes - Ronald Lewin 1984

      Book Recommended reading

    32. Stalin: man and ruler - Robert Hatch McNeal 1988

      Book Recommended reading

    33. Inside Hitler's High Command - Geoffrey P. Megargee 2000

      Book Recommended reading

    34. Military effectiveness: Vol. 3: The Second World War - Allan Reed Millett, Williamson Murray 2010

      Book Recommended reading

    35. The Reich Marshal: a biography of Hermann Goering - Leonard Mosley 1974

      Book Recommended reading

    36. The Making of strategy: rulers, states, and war - Williamson Murray, MacGregor Knox, Alvin H. Bernstein 1994

      Book Recommended reading

    37. The dictators: Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Russia - Richard Overy 2005

      Book Recommended reading

    38. Goering: the 'iron man' - R. J. Overy 1984

      Book Recommended reading

    39. Makers of modern strategy: from Machiavelli to the nuclear age - Peter Paret, Gordon A. Craig, Felix Gilbert 1986

      Book Recommended reading

    40. In command of history: Churchill fighting and writing the Second World War - David Reynolds 2005

      Book Recommended reading

    41. Masters and commanders: the military geniuses who led the West to victory in World War II - Andrew Roberts 2009

      Book Recommended reading

    42. Stalin's wars: from World War to Cold War, 1939-1953 - Geoffrey Roberts c2006

      Book Recommended reading

    43. Stalin and Russia - Niall Rothnie 1991

      Book Recommended reading

    44. Douglas MacArthur: the Far Eastern general - Michael Schaller 1989

      Book Recommended reading

    45. Albert Speer: his battle with truth - Gitta Sereny 1996

      Book Recommended reading

    46. Leadership and command: the Anglo-American military experience since 1861 - G. D. Sheffield 2002

      Book Recommended reading

    47. Inside the Third Reich - Albert Speer 2003

      Book Recommended reading

    48. European armies and the conduct of war - Hew Strachan c1983

      Book Recommended reading

    49. Hitler's war directives 1939-1945 - Adolf Hitler, Hugh Trevor-Roper 1966

      Book Recommended reading

    50. Stalin in power: the Revolution from above 1928-1941 - Robert C. Tucker c1990

      Book Recommended reading

    51. Stalin: the man and his era - Adam B. Ulam 1974

      Book Recommended reading

    52. Stalin: triumph and tragedy - Dmitriæi Antonovich Volkogonov, Harold Shukman 2000, c1991

      Book Recommended reading

  4. Genocide 7 items
    1. Conspiracy - Frank R. Pierson, Kenneth Branagh, Stanley Tucci, Colin Firth 2009 (videorecording)

      Book Recommended reading

    2. War & genocide: a concise history of the Holocaust - Doris L. Bergen c2009 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended reading

    3. Ordinary men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the final solution in Poland - Christopher R. Browning, Eric Boulton c1992

      Book Recommended reading

    4. The holocaust on trial - Leslie Woodhead 2000 (videorecordings)

      Audio-visual document Recommended reading

    5. The rape of Nanking: the forgotten holocaust of World War II - Iris Chang c1997

      Book Recommended reading

    6. Auschwitz & the Allies - Martin Gilbert, Eric Boulton 1991

      Book Recommended reading

    7. Nanking: anatomy of an atrocity - Masahiro Yamamoto 2000

      Book Recommended reading

  5. Science, Technology, Propaganda. Espionage, Intelligence 32 items
    1. Codebreaking and Signals Intelligence 1986

      Book Recommended reading

    2. KGB: the inside story of its foreign operations from Lenin to Gorbachev - Christopher M. Andrew, Oleg Gordievsky 1990

      Book Recommended reading

    3. Missing dimension - Christopher M. Andrew, David Dilks 1985

      Book Recommended reading

    4. Ultra and Mediterranean strategy 1941-1945 - Ralph Frances Bennett 1989

      Book Recommended reading

    5. SOE: an outline history of the Special Operations Executive 1940-1946 - M. R. D. Foot 1999

      Book Recommended reading

    6. MI9: the British secret service that fostered escape and evasion 1939-1945, and its American counterpart - M. R. D. Foot, James Maydon Langley 1979

      Book Recommended reading

    7. Myth and reality in German war-time broadcasts - E. H. Gombrich 1970

      Book Recommended reading

    8. The effect of science on the Second World War - Guy Hartcup 2000 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended reading

    9. British intelligence in the Second World War: Vol. 2 - F. H. Hinsley 1981

      Book Recommended reading

    10. British intelligence in the Second World War: Vol. 3/2 - F. H. Hinsley 1988

      Book Recommended reading

    11. British intelligence in the Second World War: Vol. 4: Security and counter-intelligence - F. H. Hinsley, C. A. G. Simkins

      Book Recommended reading

    12. British intelligence in the Second World War: Volume 5: strategic deception - Michael Eliot Howard, F. H. Hinsley 1990

      Book Recommended reading

    13. Codebreakers: the inside story of Bletchley Park - F. H. Hinsley, Alan Stripp 1993

      Book Recommended reading

    14. Undercover: the men and women of the Special Operations Executive - Patrick Howarth 1980

      Book Recommended reading

    15. A most secret place: Boscombe Down 1939-45 - Brian Johnson, Terry Heffernan 1982

      Book Recommended reading

    16. Most secret war - R. V. Jones, Eric Boulton 1978

      Book Recommended reading

    17. The American magic: codes, ciphers, and the defeat of Japan - Ronald Lewin c1982

      Book Recommended reading

    18. Ultra goes to war: the secret story - Ronald Lewin 1978

      Book Recommended reading

    19. From the Red Army to SOE - L. H. Manderstam, Roy Heron 1985

      Book Recommended reading

    20. Instruments of darkness: the history of electronic warfare - Alfred Price 1977

      Book Recommended reading

    21. Enigma: the battle for the code - Hugh Sebag-Montefiore 2004

      Book Recommended reading

    22. The ultra-magic deals and the most secret special relationship, 1940-1946 - Bradley F. Smith c1993

      Book Recommended reading

    23. Sharing secrets with Stalin: how the Allies traded intelligence, 1941-1945 - Bradley F. Smith 1996

      Book Recommended reading

    24. Britain and European resistance, 1940-1945: a survey of the Special Operations Executive, with documents - David Stafford, St. Antony's College 1980

      Book Recommended reading

    25. The unseen war in Europe: espionage and conspiracy in the Second World War - John H. Waller 1996

      Book Recommended reading

  6. Politics of War 60 items
    1. British policy in South-East Europe in the Second World War - Elisabeth Barker 1976

      Book Recommended reading

    2. Churchill and Eden at war - Elisabeth Barker 1978

      Book Recommended reading

    3. The big three: Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin in peace and war - Robin Edmonds 1992

      Book Recommended reading

    4. Churchill, Whitehall and the Soviet Union, 1940-45 - Martin H. Folly 2000

      Book Recommended reading

    5. Stalin's fears of a separate peace, 1942 - Jonathan Haslam

      Book Recommended reading

    6. Russia and the world, 1917-1991

      Chapter Recommended reading Read Chapter 3, pp. 56-80 The War, the Grand Alliance and Victory over Germany 1939-1945.

    7. Stalingrad: A Chance for Choices - Warren F. Kimball 1996

      Article Recommended reading

    8. Forged in war: Roosevelt, Churchill, and the Second World War - Warren F. Kimball 2003

      Book Recommended reading

    9. The politics of war: allied diplomacy and the world crisis of 1943-1945 - Gabriel Kolko 1969

      Book Recommended reading

    10. The rise and fall of the Grand Alliance, 1941-45 - Ann Lane, Howard Temperley 1995

      Book Recommended reading

    11. Anthony Eden and the Truman-Molotov Conversations, April 1945 - Wilson D Miscamble 04/1978

      Article Recommended reading

    12. Lend-Lease and the Soviet War Effort - Roger Munting 1984

      Article Recommended reading

    13. Roosevelt and Stalin: the failed courtship - Robert A. Nisbet c1988

      Book Recommended reading

    14. FDR and Stalin : a not so grand alliance, 1943-1945. by Dorothy Harley Eber - Amos Perlmutter 1993

      Book Recommended reading

    15. World War Two: behind closed doors : Stalin, the Nazis and the West - Laurence Rees 2008

      Book Recommended reading

    16. Stalin's wars: from World War to Cold War, 1939-1953 - Geoffrey Roberts c2006

      Book Recommended reading

    17. Retreat from power: studies in Britain's foreign policy of the twentieth century, Vol. 2: After 1939

      Chapter Recommended reading Read Chapter 3, pp. 101-119 Operation Bracelet: Churchill in Moscow, 1942.

    18. British political and military strategy in Central, Eastern, and Southern Europe in 1944 1988

      Book Recommended reading Ross, K. G., ‘The Moscow Conference of October 1944 (Tolstoy)’

    19. British political and military strategy in Central, Eastern, and Southern Europe in 1944 1988

      Book Recommended reading Ross, K. G., ‘The Moscow Conference of October 1944 (Tolstoy)

    20. Britain and the Cold War 1941-1947 - V. H. Rothwell 1982

      Book Recommended reading

    21. Churchill and Roosevelt at war: the war they fought and the peace they hoped to make - Keith Sainsbury c1994, 1996

      Book Recommended reading

    22. Bomber offensive - Arthur Travers Harris 2005 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended reading

    23. Allies at war: the bitter rivalry among Churchill, Roosevelt, and de Gaulle - Simon Berthon 2001

      Book Recommended reading

    24. Churchill

      Chapter Recommended reading Read Chapter 18, pp. 309-326 Churchill and Stalin.

    25. Yalta and Potsdam: Forty Years Afterwards - Robin Edmonds 1986

      Article Recommended reading

    26. Contrast and connection: bicentennial essays in Anglo-American history - H. C. Allen, Roger Thompson 1976

      Book Recommended reading

    27. Contrast and connection: bicentennial essays in Anglo-American history - H. C. Allen, Roger Thompson 1976

      Book Recommended reading Garson, R., ‘The Atlantic Alliance, Eastern Europe and the Origins of the Cold War: From Pearl Harbor to Yalta’, p296-320

    28. The collapse of the Grand Alliance, 1945-1948 - James L. Gormly c1987

      Book Recommended reading

    29. Churchill's Warning to Stalin: a Reappraisal - Gabriel Gorodetsky 12/1986

      Article Recommended reading

    30. Diplomacy and intelligence during the Second World War: essays in honour of F.H. Hinsley - Sheila Lawlor

      Chapter Recommended reading read chapter 10, pp 168-183, Britain and the Russian entry into the war

    31. Origins of the Cold War 1941-1949 - Martin McCauley 2016

      Book Recommended reading

    32. Tito, Mihailoviâc, and the Allies, 1941-1945 - Walter R. Roberts (1973)

      Book Recommended reading

    33. Hostile allies: FDR and Charles de Gaulle - Milton Viorst c1965

      Book Recommended reading

  7. The War in Asia and the Pacific 43 items
    1. The Pacific War: clash of empires in World War II - Douglas Ford 2012

      Book Recommended reading

    2. Burma: the longest war, 1941-1945 - Louis Allen 2000

      Book Recommended reading

    3. China in the anti-Japanese War, 1937-1945: politics, culture and society - David P. Barrett, Lawrence N. Shyu 2001

      Book Recommended reading

    4. The war with Japan: a concise history - Charles Bateson 1969

      Book Recommended reading

    5. The Pacific War revisited - Gèunter Bischof, Robert L. Dupont, Eisenhower Center (University of New Orleans) c1997

      Book Recommended reading

    6. China and Japan at war, 1937-1945: the politics of collaboration - John Hunter Boyle 1972

      Book Recommended reading

    7. From Pearl Harbor to Hiroshima: the Second World War in Asia and the Pacific, 1941-1945 - Saki Dockrill, Conference on 'The Pacific War: a Reappraisal after Fifty Years' 1994

      Book Recommended reading

    8. War without mercy: race and power in the Pacific war - John W. Dower 1986

      Book Recommended reading

    9. Modern Chinese warfare, 1795-1989 - Bruce A. Elleman 2001

      Book Recommended reading

    10. Modern Chinese warfare, 1795-1989 - Bruce A. Elleman 2001

      Book Recommended reading

    11. Imperial Japan's World War Two, 1931-1945 - Werner Gruhl 2007

      Book Recommended reading

    12. The end of the Pacific war: reappraisals - Tsuyoshi Hasegawa 2007

      Book Recommended reading

    13. Race war: white supremacy and the Japanese attack on the British Empire - Gerald Horne c2004

      Book Recommended reading

    14. Japan's last war: World War II and the Japanese, 1931-1945 - Sabur*o Ienaga, Saburo Ienaga, Frank Baldwin 1979

      Book Recommended reading

    15. Hell in the Pacific: from Pearl Harbor to Hiroshima and beyond - Jonathan Lewis, Ben Steele 2001

      Book Recommended reading

    16. The unknown war: North China, 1937-1945 - Michael Lindsay 1975

      Book Recommended reading

    17. Pearl Harbor revisited - Robert William Love 1995

      Book Recommended reading

    18. China's war with Japan, 1937-1945: the struggle for survival - Rana Mitter 2013

      Book Recommended reading

    19. Japanese foreign policy, 1869-1942: Kasumigaseki to Miyakezaka - Ian Nish 1977

      Book Recommended reading

    20. Horror in the East - Laurence Rees 2001

      Book Recommended reading

    21. Eagle against the sun: the American war with Japan - Ronald H. Spector c1984

      Book Recommended reading

    22. World War II outside Europe - Open University 1973

      Book Recommended reading

    23. A gathering darkness: the coming of war to the Far East and the Pacific, 1921-1942 - Haruo Tohmatsu, H. P. Willmott c2004

      Book Recommended reading

    24. The war with Japan: the period of balance, May 1942-October 1943 - H. P. Willmott 2002

      Book Recommended reading

    25. Singapore: 1941-1942 - Louis Allen c1993

      Book Recommended reading

    26. Kamikaze: Japan's suicide gods - Albert Axell, Hideaki Kase 2002

      Book Recommended reading

    27. Decisive campaigns of the Second World War - John Gooch 1990

      Book Recommended reading

    28. Goodbye darkness: a memoir of the Pacific War - William Raymond Manchester 2001

      Book Recommended reading

    29. At dawn we slept: the untold story of Pearl Harbor - Gordon W. Prange, Donald M. Goldstein, Katherine V. Dillon 1982, c1981

      Book Recommended reading

    30. Pearl Harbor: the verdict of history - Gordon W. Prange, Donald M. Goldstein, Katherine V. Dillon 1986

      Book Recommended reading

    31. World War II in the Pacific - Mark D. Roehrs, William A. Renzi 2004

      Book Recommended reading

    32. Hidden horrors: Japanese war crimes in World War II - Toshiyuki Tanaka 1996

      Book Recommended reading

    33. Singapore, 1942: Britain's greatest defeat - Alan Warren 2005

      Book Recommended reading

    34. The battle for Okinawa - Hiromichi Yahara, Frank Gibney c1995

      Book Recommended reading

    35. The prize: the epic quest for oil, money & power - Daniel Yergin 2009

      Book Recommended reading

  8. The Soldiers’ War 15 items
    1. Time to kill: the soldier's experience of war in the West, 1939-1945 - Paul Addison, Angus Calder, Eric Boulton 1997

      Book Recommended reading

    2. The faraway war: personal diaries of the Second World War in Asia and the Pacific - Richard J. Aldrich 2006

      Book Recommended reading

    3. Witness to war: diaries of the Second World War in Europe and the Middle East - Richard J. Aldrich, Eric Boulton 2005

      Book Recommended reading

    4. Band of brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest - Stephen E. Ambrose 2001

      Book Recommended reading

    5. Citizen soldiers: the U.S. Army from the Normandy beaches to the surrender of Germany - Stephen E. Ambrose 2002

      Book Recommended reading

    6. The British Army and the people's war, 1939-1945 - Jeremy A. Crang 2000

      Book Recommended reading

    7. Alamein to Zem Zem - Keith Douglas, John Waller, G. S. Fraser, J. C. Hall 1966

      Book Recommended reading

    8. Quartered safe out here: a recollection of the war in Burma with a new epilogue : fifty years on - George MacDonald Fraser 2000, c1993

      Book Recommended reading

    9. Wartime: understanding and behavior in the Second World War - Paul Fussell, Eric Boulton 1989

      Book Recommended reading

    10. A writer at war: Vasily Grossman with the Red Army, 1941-1945 - Vasilii Semenovich Grossman, Antony Beevor, Luba Vinogradova 2006

      Book Recommended reading

    11. The face of battle: a study of Agincourt, Waterloo and the Somme - John Keegan 2004

      Book Recommended reading

    12. Horror in the East - Laurence Rees 2001

      Book Recommended reading

    13. Adventures in my youth: a German soldier on the Eastern Front, 1941-45 - Armin Scheiderbauer 2003

      Book Recommended reading

  9. The Soviet-German War 31 items
    1. Life and death in besieged Leningrad, 1941-44 - John Barber, Andreæi Rostislavovich Dzeniskevich 2005

      Book Recommended reading

    2. Hitler's army: soldiers, Nazis, and war in the Third Reich - Omer Bartov c1992 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended reading

    3. Absolute war: Soviet Russia in the Second World War : a modern history - Chris Bellamy 2007

      Book Recommended reading

    4. Stalin and his generals: Soviet military memoirs of World War II - Seweryn Bialer 1970

      Book Recommended reading

    5. Barbarossa: the Russian-German conflict 1941-1945 - Alan Clark 2005,1965

      Book Recommended reading

    6. Stalin's keys to victory: the rebirth of the Red Army - Walter S. Dunn 2007

      Book Recommended reading

    7. My road to Berlin - Willy Brandt, Leo Lania 1960

      Book Recommended reading

    8. The road to Stalingrad - John Erickson 1975

      Book Recommended reading

    9. When Titans clashed: how the Red Army stopped Hitler - David M. Glantz, Jonathan M. House, Darin Grauberger, George F. McCleary 2000

      Book Recommended reading

    10. Operation Barbarossa: Hitler's invasion of Russia, 1941 - David M. Glantz, David M. Glantz 2011

      Book Recommended reading

    11. The Stalin years: the Soviet Union 1929-1953 - Evan Mawdsley 2003

      Book Recommended reading

    12. War of annihilation: combat and genocide on the Eastern Front, 1941 - Geoffrey P. Megargee 2007

      Book Recommended reading

    13. What Stalin knew: the enigma of Barbarossa - David E. Murphy c2005

      Book Recommended reading

    14. Russia's war - R. J. Overy 1999

      Book Recommended reading

    15. Stalin and the inevitable war: 1936-1941 - Silvio Pons 2002

      Book Recommended reading

    16. War of the century: when Hitler fought Stalin - Laurence Rees 1999

      Book Recommended reading

    17. Why Stalin's soldiers fought: the Red Army's military effectiveness in World War II - Roger R. Reese c2011

      Book Recommended reading

    18. Stalin's wars: from World War to Cold War, 1939-1953 - Geoffrey Roberts c2006

      Book Recommended reading

    19. Stalin's wars: from World War to Cold War, 1939-1953 - Geoffrey Roberts c2006

      Book Recommended reading

    20. Victory at Stalingrad: the battle that changed history - Geoffrey Roberts 2002

      Book Recommended reading

    21. The Russo-German War, 1941-45 - Albert Seaton 1971

      Book Recommended reading

    22. Operation Barbarossa and Germany's defeat in the East - David Stahel 2009

      Book Recommended reading

    23. Codeword BARBAROSSA - Barton Whaley 1973

      Book Recommended reading

    24. BBC World War Two Collection: Vol. 2: War of the century - Laurence Rees, British Broadcasting Corporation 2005 (videorecording)

      Audio-visual document Recommended reading War of the century

    25. The world at war: The complete series, Vol. 2 c. 2003 (videorecording)

      Audio-visual document Recommended reading episodes Barbrarossa, Red Star, Stalingrad

    26. Stalingrad - Antony Beevor 1999

      Book Recommended reading

    27. Berlin: the downfall, 1945 - Antony Beevor 2002

      Book Recommended reading

    28. Stalin embattled, 1943-1948 - William O. McCagg 1978

      Book Recommended reading

    29. Stalin's other war: Soviet grand strategy, 1939-1941 - Albert Loren Weeks c2002

      Book Recommended reading

  10. The Air War 29 items
    1. The burning blue: a new history of the Battle of Britain - Paul Addison, Jeremy A. Crang 2000

      Book Recommended reading

    2. Air power in the age of total war - John Buckley 1999

      Book Recommended reading

    3. The myth of the Blitz - Angus Calder 1992,1991

      Book Recommended reading

    4. 100 years of conflict, 1900-2000

      Chapter Recommended reading Read Chapter 11, pp. 218-235 War in the air 1939-45.

    5. The German Air Force 1933-1945: an anatomy of failure - Matthew Cooper 1981

      Book Recommended reading

    6. Bomber - Len Deighton 2009

      Book Recommended reading

    7. Airpower: theory and practice - John Gooch 1995

      Book Recommended reading

    8. Bomber offensive - Arthur Travers Harris 2005 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended reading

    9. Despatch on war operations, 23rd February, 1942, to 8th May, 1945 - Arthur Travers Harris 1995

      Book Recommended reading (read the introduction by Seb Cox)

    10. Bomber command - Max Hastings 2013

      Book Recommended reading

    11. The bomber war: Arthur Harris and the Allied bomber offensive, 1939-1945 - Robin Neillands 2001

      Book Recommended reading

    12. The air war 1939-1945 - R. J. Overy 2004

      Book Recommended reading

    13. The Battle of Britain: the myth and the reality - R. J. Overy 2002

      Book Recommended reading

    14. Bombing to win: air power and coercion in war - Robert Anthony Pape 1996

      Book Recommended reading

    15. Royal Air Force, 1939-1945: Vol.1: The fight at odds ; Denis Richards - Denis Richards, Hilary St George Saunders 1953

      Book Recommended reading

    16. Royal Air Force, 1939-1945: Vol.2: The fight avails - Denis Richards, Hilary St George Saunders 1954

      Book Recommended reading

    17. Royal Air Force, 1939-1945: Vol.3: The fight is won ; Hilary St George Saunders - Denis Richards, Hilary St George Saunders 1954

      Book Recommended reading

    18. Strategic bombing by the United States in World War II: the myths and the facts - Stewart Halsey Ross c2003

      Book Recommended reading

    19. Decisive campaigns of the Second World War

      Chapter Recommended reading Read pp. 67-83 The Allied air offensive.

    20. The destruction of Dresden - David Irving 1985

      Book Recommended reading

    21. The vital guide to fighting aircraft of World War II - Karen Leverington 1995

      Book Recommended reading

    22. A history of bombing - Sven Lindqvist 2002

      Book Recommended reading

    23. Operations analysis in the U.S. Army Eighth Air Force in World War II - Charles W. McArthur c1990

      Book Recommended reading

    24. The Battle of Hamburg: Allied bomber forces against a German city in 1943 - Martin Middlebrook 1980

      Book Recommended reading

    25. The Nuremberg raid, 30-31 March 1944 - Martin Middlebrook 1973

      Book Recommended reading

    26. The battle - R. J. Overy 2001

      Book Recommended reading

  11. The Atom Bomb 19 items
    1. The decision to use the atomic bomb - Gar Alperovitz, Sanho Tree 1996

      Book Recommended reading

    2. Understanding the atomic bomb and the Japanese surrender: Missed opportunities, little-known near... - Barton J. Bernstein 1995

      Article Recommended reading (and see symposium on the atomic bomb in this edition)

    3. After the fact: the art of historical detection - James West Davidson, Mark H. Lytle 1992

      Book Recommended reading Davidson, J & Lytle, M, ‘The Decision to Use the Bomb’

    4. From Pearl Harbor to Hiroshima: the Second World War in Asia and the Pacific, 1941-1945

      Chapter Recommended reading Read Chapter 11, pp. 191-212 Hiroshima: a strategy of shock.

    5. Hiroshima in history and memory - Michael J. Hogan 1996

      Book Recommended reading

    6. Stalin and the bomb: the Soviet Union and atomic energy, 1939-1956 - David Holloway 1994

      Book Recommended reading

    7. Hiroshima's shadow - Kai Bird, Lawrence Lifschultz c1998

      Book Recommended reading

    8. A world destroyed: Hiroshima and its legacies - Martin J. Sherwin 2003

      Book Recommended reading

    9. Hiroshima: why America dropped the atomic bomb - Ronald T. Takaki c1995

      Book Recommended reading

    10. The decision to drop the atomic bomb - Dennis Wainstock 2011

      Book Recommended reading

    11. Diplomatic history - Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations

      Journal Recommended reading

    12. Hiroshima and the Trashing of Henry Stimson - Robert P. Newman 1998

      Article Recommended reading

    13. A History of our time: readings on postwar America

      Chapter Recommended reading read pp7-19 Sherwin, Martin, ‘The Atomic Bomb and the Origins of the Cold War’

  12. Post-war Issues and Legacy 28 items
    1. The Cold War 1945-1963 - Michael L. Dockrill 1988

      Book Recommended reading

    2. The United States and the origins of the Cold War, 1941-1947 - John Lewis Gaddis 1972

      Book Recommended reading

    3. The United States and the origins of the Cold War, 1941-1947 - John Lewis Gaddis 1972

      Book Recommended reading

    4. Diplomatic history - Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations

      Journal Recommended reading

    5. Diplomatic history - Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations

      Journal Recommended reading

    6. The cold war as history - Louis J. Halle 1970

      Book Recommended reading

    7. The iron curtain: Churchill, America, and the origins of the Cold War - Fraser J. Harbutt 1986 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended reading

    8. Soviet foreign policy, 1917-1991: a retrospective - Gabriel Gorodetsky 1994 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended reading Haslam, Jonathan,’Litvinov, Stalin and the Road not Taken’

    9. From Yalta to Vietnam: American foreign policy in the Cold War - David Horowitz 1967

      Book Recommended reading

    10. Diplomatic history - Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations

      Journal Recommended reading

    11. The path to peace - George W. Keeton, London Institute of World Affairs 1945

      Book Recommended reading

    12. Stalin's cold war: Soviet strategies in Europe, 1943 to 1956 - Caroline Kennedy-Pipe c1995

      Book Recommended reading

    13. America, Russia, and the Cold War, 1945-2002 - Walter LaFeber, Walter LaFeber c2008m

      Book Recommended reading

    14. The specter of communism: the United States and the origins of the Cold War, 1917-1953 - Melvyn P. Leffler, Eric Foner 1994

      Book Recommended reading

    15. On every front: the making and unmaking of the cold war - Thomas G. Paterson 1992

      Book Recommended reading

    16. The origins of the Cold War - Robert J. McMahon, Thomas G. Paterson c1999

      Book Recommended reading

    17. The Cold War: 1945-1965 - Joseph Smith 1989

      Book Recommended reading

    18. American foreign relations: a historiographical review

      Chapter Recommended reading read chapter 11 pp207-236 Walker, J. S., ‘Historians and Cold War Origins: The New Consensus’

    19. Inside the Kremlin's Cold War: from Stalin to Khrushchev - V. M. Zubok, Konstantin Pleshakov 1996

      Book Recommended reading

  13. A few more interesting web-sites 5 items
  14. Documentaries 11 items
    1. Apocalypse: The Second World War - Jean-Louis Guillaud, Henri de Turenne, Isabelle Clarke, Daniel Costelle 2010 (DVD)

      Audio-visual document Recommended reading

    2. Hell in the Pacific - Channel 4

      Audio-visual document Recommended reading

    3. Blood upon the snow: Russia's War - Tengiz Semenov, Victor Lisakovitch 1995 (videorecording)

      Audio-visual document Recommended reading

    4. The Nazis: a warning from history - Laurence Rees 2004 (videorecording dvd)

      Audio-visual document Recommended reading

    5. BBC World War Two Collection: Vol. 2: War of the century - Laurence Rees, British Broadcasting Corporation 2005 (videorecording)

      Book Recommended reading

    6. The world at war: The complete series, Vol. 1 c. 2003 (videorecording)

      Audio-visual document Recommended reading

    7. The world at war: The complete series, Vol. 2 c. 2003 (videorecording)

      Audio-visual document Recommended reading

    8. The world at war: The complete series, Vol. 3 c. 2003 (videorecording)

      Audio-visual document Recommended reading

    9. The world at war: The complete series, Vol. 4 c. 2003 (videorecording)

      Audio-visual document Recommended reading

    10. The world at war: The complete series, Vol. 5 c. 2003 (videorecording)

      Audio-visual document Recommended reading

    11. The world at war: The complete series, Vol. 6 c. 2003 (videorecording)

      Audio-visual document Recommended reading

  15. Movies 37 items
    1. A bridge too far - Richard Attenborough, Cornelius Ryan 2011 (videorecording)

      Audio-visual document Recommended reading

    2. Attack - Robert Aldrich, James Poe, Associates & Aldrich Company 2004 (videorecording)

      Audio-visual document Recommended reading

    3. The Battle of Britain - Guy Hamilton, Benjamin S. Fisz, Harry Saltzman 2007 (videorecording)

      Audio-visual document Recommended reading

    4. Battleground - William A. Wellman 2004 (videorecording)

      Audio-visual document Recommended reading

    5. The bridge on the River Kwai - Sam Spiegel, Michael Wilson, Carl Foreman, David Lean 2000 (videorecording)

      Audio-visual document Recommended reading

    6. Closely observed trains - Jiri Menzel, Bohumil Hrabal 1995 (videorecording)

      Audio-visual document Recommended reading

    7. Das Boot: the director's cut - Wolfgang Petersen 1997 (videorecording)

      Audio-visual document Recommended reading

    8. Downfall - Bernd Eichinger, Oliver Hirschbiegel, Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara 2004 (DVD)

      Book Recommended reading

    9. Dunkirk - John Mills, 1908-2005, Richard Attenborough, 1923-2014, Bernard Lee, 1908-1981, Robert Urquhart, 1921-1995 2009 (videorecording)

      Audio-visual document Recommended reading

    10. Enemy at the gates - Jean-Jacques Annaud 2001 (videorecording)

      Audio-visual document Recommended reading

    11. From here to eternity - Fred Zinnemann, Columbia Pictures Corporation 2001 (videorecording)

      Audio-visual document Recommended reading

    12. Hell in the Pacific - John Boorman c2008 (videorecording)

      Audio-visual document Recommended reading

    13. Hope and glory - John Boorman 2005 (videorecording)

      Audio-visual document Recommended reading (British Home Front)

    14. Ice cold in Alex - J. Lee Thompson 2006 (videorecording)

      Audio-visual document Recommended reading (Western Desert)

    15. In which we serve - Noel Coward, David Lean 2003 (videorecording)

      Audio-visual document Recommended reading (wartime stiff upper British lips in Navy)

    16. Letters from Iwo Jima - Clint Eastwood, Robert Lorenz, Steven Spielberg, Iris Yamashita 2006 (videorecording)

      Audio-visual document Recommended reading

    17. A matter of life and death - Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger 2003 (videorecording)

      Audio-visual document Recommended reading (Anglo-American Alliance, kinda)

    18. Memphis Belle - Michael Caton-Jones, Videomatica collection 2005 (videorecording)

      Audio-visual document Recommended reading (strategic bombing)

    19. Patton - Franklin J. Schaffner, Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Inc 2006, c1970 (videorecording)

      Audio-visual document Recommended reading

    20. Saving Private Ryan - Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks Pictures, Amblin Entertainment (Firm), Paramount Pictures Corporation c1999 (videorecording)

      Audio-visual document Recommended reading

    21. Schindler's list - Steven Spielberg, Thomas Keneally c2005 (videorecording)

      Audio-visual document Recommended reading (also a novel – Schindler’s Ark, by Thomas Keneally)

    22. Stalag 17 - Billy Wilder 2009 (videorecording)

      Audio-visual document Recommended reading (PoWs)

    23. Stalingrad - Joseph Vilsmaier 1992 (videorecording)

      Audio-visual document Recommended reading

    24. The cruel sea - Nicholas Monsarrat, Ealing Studios, ltd., London. [from old catalog], Universal International Films, inc. [from old catalog] (videorecording)

      Audio-visual document Recommended reading (Atlantic Convoys) (also a novel)

    25. The enemy below - Dick Powell, Wendell Mayes, D. A. Rayner, Robert Mitchum c2005 (videorecording)

      Audio-visual document Recommended reading (Subs)

    26. The longest day - Ken Annakin, Andrew Marton, Bernhard Wicki, Cornelius Ryan c2014 (videorecording)

      Audio-visual document Recommended reading (D-Day)

    27. The One That Got Away - Roy Baker, Kendal Burt, Julian Wintle Productions, Rank Organisation Film Productions Limited,/c1957 (videorecording)

      Audio-visual document Recommended reading (PoWs)

    28. The pawnbroker - Sidney Lumet, d1926-1962 Wallant, Edward Lewis, Rod Steiger 2014 (videorecording)

      Audio-visual document Recommended reading (Holocaust)

    29. The pianist - Roman Polanski, Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, W±adys±aw Szpilman c2006 (videorecording)

      Audio-visual document Recommended reading (Holocaust)

    30. The star - Karen Shakhnazarov, Alexander Litvinov, N. A. Lebedev, Yevgeny Grigoriev c2002 (videorecording)

      Audio-visual document Recommended reading (Soviet-German – Russian movie)

    31. The thin red line - Terrence Malick, Sean Penn, George Clooney, John Cusack c2000 (videorecording)

      Audio-visual document Recommended reading (Guadalcanal) – either version

    32. Tora! Tora! Tora! - Richard Fleischer, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Inc, Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation c1999 (videorecording)

      Audio-visual document Recommended reading (Pearl Harbor)

    33. Twelve o'clock high - Henry King c2009 (videorecording)

      Audio-visual document Recommended reading (strategic bombing)

    34. The best years of our lives - William Wyler, Myrna Loy, Fredric March, Dana Andrews 2004 (videorecording)

      Audio-visual document Recommended reading Post-war:

    35. The third man - Graham Greene, Joseph Cotten, Orson Welles, Carol Reed 2006 (videorecording)

      Audio-visual document Recommended reading Post-war:

    36. Sands of Iwo Jima - Allan Dwan, John Wayne c2006 (videorecording)

      Audio-visual document Recommended reading For John Wayne’s War, try:

    37. AVOID:

      Battle of the Bulge

      Escape to Victory

      Pearl Harbor

      U-571

      When Lions Roared (Michael Caine is Joseph Stalin!!)

  16. Novels 8 items
    1. The ship - C. S. Forester 1949

      Book Recommended reading

    2. Life and fate - Vasiliæi Semenovich Grossman 2011

      Book Recommended reading (the greatest novel to come out of the war)

    3. Fortunes of war: The Levant trilogy - Olivia Manning, Olivia Manning, Olivia Manning, Olivia Manning 2014

      Book Recommended reading (also a TV series available on DVD with Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson)

    4. HMS Ulysses - Alistair MacLean 2004, c1955

      Book Recommended reading

    5. The naked and the dead - Norman Mailer 1993

      Book Recommended reading

    6. Gone to soldiers - Marge Piercy 1988

      Book Recommended reading

    7. "We never make mistakes": two short novels - Aleksandr Isaevich Solzheniëtìsyn 1996

      Book Recommended reading

    8. The sword of honour trilogy - Evelyn Waugh, Evelyn Waugh, Evelyn Waugh, Evelyn Waugh c1984

      Book Recommended reading (also a TV series)

  17. Movies, Novels and TV Dramas 0 items
    The Second World War has been the subject of many fictionalised studies, of varying degrees of accuracy and worth. Below are some personal favourites, which although more-or-less fictionalised – or at least ‘dramatised’ – provide insightful meditations on aspects of the wartime experience.
  18. TV Dramas 6 items
    1. Band of brothers - Stephen E. Ambrose, Home Box Office (Firm), Dreamworks Pictures, Playtone (Firm) 2010 (videorecording (dvd))

      Audio-visual document Recommended reading

    2. Conspiracy - Frank R. Pierson, Kenneth Branagh, Stanley Tucci, Colin Firth 2009 (videorecording)

      Book Recommended reading

    3. Dunkirk - John Mills, 1908-2005, Richard Attenborough, 1923-2014, Bernard Lee, 1908-1981, Robert Urquhart, 1921-1995 2009 (videorecording)

      Audio-visual document Recommended reading

    4. Fortunes of war - James Cellan Jones, Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Ronald Pickup 2006 (videorecording)

      Audio-visual document Recommended reading

    5. The gathering storm - Richard Loncraine, Videomatica collection (videorecording)

      Audio-visual document Recommended reading

    6. The Pacific - Robert Schenkkan, George P. Pelecanos, Cherylanne Martin, Todd London c2010 (DVD)

      Audio-visual document Recommended reading

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