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Ken Burns' The War (Hardcover)

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Hold in your hands - and browse at your leisure - this extravagantly illustrated account of WWII as told in the voices of ordinary citizens and soldiers.

  • Written by Burns and his long-time collaborator, historian Geoffrey C. Ward.
  • Enriched by many maps and nearly 400 compelling photographs, many never published before.
  • 480-page companion book to Ken Burns' epic THE WAR.


This beautiful book, created as a companion to Ken Burns' magnificent documentary series THE WAR, stands on its own as a deeply compelling account of the American experience of WWII.

The vivid voices that speak from these pages are not those of historians or scholars. They are the voices of 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 forty 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. All the iconic events are here, from Pearl Harbor to the liberation of the concentration camps, but we also move among prisoners of war and Japanese American internees, defense workers and schoolchildren, and families who struggled simply to stay together while their men were shipped off to Europe, the Pacific, and North Africa.

You will turn to this marvelous book time and time again, reliving the daily lives of Americans immersed in WWII. The War is destined to become a classic and makes an important addition to any library.

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