As the recent feature films "Flags of Our Fathers" and "Letters from Iwo Jima" demonstrate, the advances in film technology make it possible to create very realistic battle scenes of death and dismemberment. In this new world of artificiality, the real scenes of what the Second World War was like seem somewhat quaint and artificial. This book, compiled in 1950, contains actual photos of the events throughout that massive conflict. All of the major theaters are mentioned, although the emphasis is on Europe and the Asian war after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. While most of the page area is used for illustrations, there is some text that sets the context for the illustration. That is necessary, for everyone but war buffs, understanding the overall meaning of the image would be impossible. While there are a few pictures of bodies, considering the true nature of what is being explained, the book is quite sanitary in the presentation. Meant to be a book in the "coffee table" category, this book illustrates the Second World War without really explaining or describing it.
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