The Legacy of the Second World War
Sixty-five years after the conclusion of World War II, its consequences are still with us. In this probing book, the acclaimed historian John Lukacs raises perplexing questions about World War II that have yet to be explored. In a work that brilliantly argues for World War IIs central place in the history of the twentieth century, Lukacs applies his singular expertise toward addressing the wars most persistent enigmas. The Second World War was Hitlers war. Yet questions about Hitlers thoughts and his decisions still remain. How did the divisions of Europeand, consequently, the Cold Warcome about? What were the true reasons for Werner Heisenbergs mission to Niels Bohr in Copenhagen in September 1941? What led to Rainbow Five, the American decision to make the war against Germany an American priority even in the event of a two-ocean world war? Was the Cold War unavoidable? In this work, which offers both an accessible primer for students and challenging new theses for scholars, Lukacs addresses these and other riddles, revealing the ways in which the war and its legacy still touch our lives today.
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