The Split His­to­ry of World War II

Simon Rose
  • Review
By – June 12, 2013

The Split His­to­ry of World War II is part of the publisher’s series, which presents a his­tor­i­cal event from two dif­fer­ing per­spec­tives in one vol­ume. It is designed as a flip book” with each sec­tion writ­ten on oppo­site sides of the book; one must phys­i­cal­ly flip the book over to read the oth­er ver­sion of events. It is illus­trat­ed by black and white pho­tographs of the war years evok­ing a sense of time and place. The sec­tion of the book writ­ten from the per­spec­tive of the Allies cov­ers top­ics such as the pre­lude to the war, the bat­tles in the Pacif­ic, the Euro­pean front and the vic­to­ry cel­e­bra­tions at the war’s end. The sec­tion writ­ten from the per­spec­tive of the Axis cov­ers the back­ground of the war in Europe and Asia, the war’s expan­sion and the even­tu­al decline of the Axis. Each side has a sep­a­rate index and the mid­dle of the book, where the two sec­tions meet, has a time­line of his­tor­i­cal events, a glos­sary, a sug­ges­tion for fur­ther research on the inter­net, sug­ges­tions for fur­ther read­ing on the top­ic, and a bib­li­og­ra­phy. Although the Holo­caust is not a pri­ma­ry focus of the book, it is addressed in both sec­tions. The con­cept of a his­tor­i­cal event cov­ered from two points of view is inter­est­ing and can be used as a spring­board for dis­cus­sion in schools or homes about his­to­ry, jour­nal­ism, pro­pa­gan­da, per­spec­tive, and truth. Rec­om­mend­ed for ages 10 – 14.

Michal Hoschan­der Malen is the edi­tor of Jew­ish Book Coun­cil’s young adult and children’s book reviews. A for­mer librar­i­an, she has lec­tured on top­ics relat­ing to lit­er­a­cy, run book clubs, and loves to read aloud to her grandchildren.

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