Europe during WW 2

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    My daughter is starting to learn about this time in her AP Euro History class.


    I love WW2 History, and love reading about all the 'behind the scenes' happenings with things like the French Resistance, the Underground, the OSS, etc.

    Anyone else into WW2 History?
     
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    She should speak to my Bro. He has an encyclopedic understanding of it... and has some awesome pics and stuff that he'd probably share with her.
     
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    Here's one for her reading list:

    "The Origins of the Second World War", by A.J.P. Taylor.

    Tell her also to check out what Charles Lindbergh had to say about WW2.

    Or, Pat Buchanan's book, "The Unnecessary War."

    Something tells me the AP Euro History teacher isn't going to allow those forbidden thoughts!
     
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    I was always a fan of the scientific research and way far out concepts they were trying to come up with. Many of which actually either worked, or would have worked if more time and energy were put in to the various projects.
     
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    Apart from ancient and medieval, it's one of my favourite periods in history. It was such a turbulent and intriguing period, but a greater understanding of WWII can only be found by researching the inter-war period, that's where you'll uncover most of what drove Europe over the edge.

    I have many books on the subject, but I can only guess that Echo Jnr would rather sit through my recommnedations available on DVD, rather than tackle some of the formidable tomes I possess on the subject.

    1. The World at War. This 26 episode compendium covers every theatre of WWII, and is widely aknowledged to be the leading televisual resource. It was made in the '70s and contains a capturing blend of historical narrative and witness testimonies from both sides. [ame="http://www.amazon.co.uk/World-At-War-Complete-Disc/dp/B00008WQ9Y"]Amazon link.[/ame]


    2. Conspiracy. This HBO/BBC collaboration can only be described as bone chilling. It's a dramatization of the infamous Wannsee Conference that delves into the psychology of Nazi officials involved in the "Final Solution of the Jewish Question" during World War II. To an outsider it appears to be a very dull feature. But once you actually realsie what's being discussed, and the clinical indifference of the Nazi officials, you'll spend half your time spellbound by the sheer evil on display, and the other half hiding behind the couch. [ame="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Conspiracy-DVD-Clare-Bullus/dp/B0000AZVHM"]Amazon link.[/ame]


    3. Hitler: The Rise of Evil. This mini-series explores Adolf Hitler's rise and his early consolidation of power during the years after WWI and focuses on how the embittered, politically fragmented and economically buffeted state of German society following the war made that ascent possible. [ame="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hitler-Rise-Evil-Mini-DVD/dp/B0000C669S"]Amazon link.[/ame]
     
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    Those are good, but she, like her mom, is an avid reader too.

    What books would you recommend?
     
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    Reccomended reading on the Nazis


    The Coming of the Third Reich: How the Nazis Destroyed Democracy and Seized Power in Germany - Richard J Evans.

    The Third Reich in Power, 1933 - 1939: How the Nazis Won Over the Hearts and Minds of a Nation - Richard J Evans.

    The 'Hitler Myth': Image and Reality in the Third Reich - Ian Kershaw.

    Backing Hitler: Consent and Coercion in Nazi Germany - Robert Gellately.

    The German Dictatorship: Origins, Structure and Consequences of National Socialism - Karl Dietrich Bracher (I strongly reccomend this).


    Books covering the resistance movement in Nazi occupied Europe.


    America was largely unactive in this theatre. You're better off looking into Britain's involvement (SOE stands for Special Operations Executive, the forerunner of today's MI6).


    SOE: An Outline History of the Special Operations Executive - M R D Foot.

    SOE Agent: Churchill's Secret Warriors - Terry Crowdy.
     
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    Spooky, every one of those are books that my WWII history buff bro would recommend. Like you, he said that, in order to understand the conflict, Mini EZ should read up on the Third Reicht before the war to put it into context.

    Weird.
     
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    To me the best book ever written on the subject is "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich
     
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