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The War: An Intimate History: 1941-1945 (Abridged Nonfiction)

by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns

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Here is the audio companion to the magnificent seven-part PBS series. The individuals featured in this audiobook are not historians or scholars. They are 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; and Mobile, Alabama - The War follows more than 40 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. The iconic events are here, but we also move among prisoners of war, defense workers, and schoolchildren, and families who struggled simply to stay together. An intimate, profoundly affecting chronicle of the war that shaped our world, The War captures the American experience of World War II through the words and deeds, thoughts and feelings of those who made history on the battlefields and on the home front.

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WW 2 goodness

i have always loved WW2 and thought it is a cool subject, this book just made the subject much more awesome! I enjoyed this book! highly recommended


This book makes you feel like you are right there, unbelievable.


As a reader of ww2 books and with a grandfather that one was 101 AirBorne and one was 3Rd SS/Totenkopf Div- I have always had two differens sides of the war. Both have told many great stories as is told in this book so I must rate it high for the nature holds colse to what I have heard in my own life. Even I am thinking of writing a book of my grandfathers from their point of view. Not a Generals point of view but that of one that is from the front line. They might have fought against each other then but are now best of friends now. I already have over 200hrs of dvd/vidieo of them and others that were in their divisions. and have traveled all over Europe to see the different battlefields that they each had fought on. they can remember like it was happening now. My German grandfather fought for 3 yrs more and has more stories and some down to the death camps. will be good if I get backing. wish me luck.

Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns, The War: An Intimate History: 1941-1945 (Abridged Nonfiction)
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  • Narrator: Ken Burns, Tom Hanks, Josh Lucas, and Rebecca Holtz
  • Published: 2003
  • Category: History
  • Provider: Random House Audio
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