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Histories of the Unexpected: World War II

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Histories of the Unexpected not only presents a new way of thinking about the past, but also reveals the world around us as never before. Traditionally, World War II has been understood in a straightforward way but the period really comes alive if you take an unexpected approach to its history. Yes, battles, bombs and bravery all have a fascinating history... but so too do Histories of the Unexpected not only presents a new way of thinking about the past, but also reveals the world around us as never before. Traditionally, World War II has been understood in a straightforward way but the period really comes alive if you take an unexpected approach to its history. Yes, battles, bombs and bravery all have a fascinating history... but so too do handkerchiefs, furniture, Mozart, insects, blood, mothers, suicide, darkness, cancer and puppets! Each of these subjects is equally fascinating in its own right, and each sheds new light on the traditional subjects and themes that we think we know so well.


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Histories of the Unexpected not only presents a new way of thinking about the past, but also reveals the world around us as never before. Traditionally, World War II has been understood in a straightforward way but the period really comes alive if you take an unexpected approach to its history. Yes, battles, bombs and bravery all have a fascinating history... but so too do Histories of the Unexpected not only presents a new way of thinking about the past, but also reveals the world around us as never before. Traditionally, World War II has been understood in a straightforward way but the period really comes alive if you take an unexpected approach to its history. Yes, battles, bombs and bravery all have a fascinating history... but so too do handkerchiefs, furniture, Mozart, insects, blood, mothers, suicide, darkness, cancer and puppets! Each of these subjects is equally fascinating in its own right, and each sheds new light on the traditional subjects and themes that we think we know so well.

30 review for Histories of the Unexpected: World War II

  1. 4 out of 5

    Joshua Tackett

    Highly recommended! I was born in 1980 and long finished with college before I realized how fascinated I am with history. I love reading about Tudor England...European history; think Dan Jones! WW2 is something that,embarrassing admit, know not very much of. I thought the scope and depth of the book was perfect. I believe it is better to get a broad comprehension of the big picture for starters and this book has more material than the books that cover a history in the hour (which are great books Highly recommended! I was born in 1980 and long finished with college before I realized how fascinated I am with history. I love reading about Tudor England...European history; think Dan Jones! WW2 is something that,embarrassing admit, know not very much of. I thought the scope and depth of the book was perfect. I believe it is better to get a broad comprehension of the big picture for starters and this book has more material than the books that cover a history in the hour (which are great books too). I found the chapter about the book burnings especially interesting. I love Fahrenheit 451, by Bradbury, because it emphasizes the importance of reading....I had no idea that book burnings took place, though. I will be reading the other books in the series and listening to the podcasts, as well! Excellent book!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Analuabc

    Tópicos relacionados com a WWII que não estamos mesmo nada habituados a ver referência nos livros sobre o conflicto. A história das cenouras e radares já conhecia mas o capítulo sobre "bolsos" é muito bom. Como até as coisas que nos parecem a todos tao banais, naquela altura tinham de ser racionadas... incluindo os bolsos da roupa. Leitura leve, sendo sobre a WWII, mas que enriquece um pouco mais a ideia sobre o conflicto. Tópicos relacionados com a WWII que não estamos mesmo nada habituados a ver referência nos livros sobre o conflicto. A história das cenouras e radares já conhecia mas o capítulo sobre "bolsos" é muito bom. Como até as coisas que nos parecem a todos tao banais, naquela altura tinham de ser racionadas... incluindo os bolsos da roupa. Leitura leve, sendo sobre a WWII, mas que enriquece um pouco mais a ideia sobre o conflicto.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    Brief, but oddly charming. Reveals aspects of WW2 that I was unaware of and don’t believe are commonly known.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Akamdg

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mr James Robert Millington

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    Ally Millington

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    Sarah James

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  27. 5 out of 5

    Aykut Ünal

  28. 4 out of 5

    Phil White

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    Kait

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    Charlene Beswick

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