The World Turns to War

Jay Wertz

Firsthand recollections and perspectives from those who witnessed the Rise of Fascism, the invasion of Poland, and the 1940 German Blitzkrieg across northern Europe.
Date Published :
December 2017
Publisher :
Monroe Publications
Series :
War Stories: World War II Firsthand
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9780998889306
Pages : 336
Dimensions : 11.25 X 8.75 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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The World Turns to War weaves stories of combat veterans into an event-by-event history of the war. Includes the words of veterans of all forces — in all theaters of operation. Illustrated by high-quality photographs, full-color images and detailed maps,

War Stories: World War II Firsthand™ is the only multi-volume history of the war to include hundreds of first-person interviews and oral history recollections of the soldiers on the ground, the sailors on the high seas and the airmen in the sky. Their words, augmented by quotes from military and political leaders and modern historical thought, give a complete picture of the war from those who fought it. This volume features firsthand recollections and perspectives from those who witnessed the Rise of Fascism in Europe, the invasion of Poland, and the 1940 German Blitzkrieg across Europe.

About The Author

Jay Wertz is the author of seven books: D-Day: The Campaign Across France; The World Turns to War; The Pacific, Volume One: Pearl Harbor to Guadalcanal; The Pacific, Volume Two: The Solomons to Saipan; The Native American Experience; The Civil War Experience 1861-1865 and co-author of Smithsonian’s Great Battles and Battlefields of the Civil War with prominent historian Edwin C. Bearss. He is currently writing additional volumes of War Stories: World War II Firsthand, a twelve-part book series of eyewitness accounts. He has also been a feature writer for America in WWII and Aviation History magazines and is the author of Pearl Harbor and the Day of Infamy, They Called Themselves the Battling Bastards of Bataan and Midway: The Battle that Changed the Pacific War, graphic histories which include installments of a graphic novel, Separated by War. He is the producer-director-writer of the award-winning 13-part documentary series Smithsonian’s Great Battles of the Civil War for The Learning Channel and Time-Life Video. He started his 42-year film and TV career in Hollywood working on military projects. He lives in Phillips Ranch, California.


“An inherently fascinating and impressively informative read from cover to cover, "The World Turns to War" is unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library 20th Century History and World War II collections, as well as the personal reading lists of students and non-specialist general readers with an interest in these subjects.”

- Midwest Book Review, December 2017

“An altogether superior account of WW2 based on quotations and observations by people who actually took part in the conflict. An amazing book.”

- Books Monthly

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