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Author: Donald L. Miller Narrator: Michael Kramer Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2012 ISBN: 9781483076867
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Drawing on previously unpublished eyewitness accounts, prizewinning historian Donald L. Miller has written what critics are calling one of the most powerful accounts of warfare ever published. Here are the horror and heroism of World War II in the words of the men who fought it, the journalists who covered it, and the civilians who were caught in its fury. Miller gives us an up-close, deeply personal view of a war that was more savagely fought—and whose outcome was in greater doubt—than one might imagine. This is the war that Americans on the home front would have read about had they had access to the previously censored testimony of the soldiers on which Miller builds his gripping narrative.

Miller covers the entire war—on land, at sea, and in the air—and provides new coverage of the brutal island fighting in the Pacific, the bomber war over Europe, the liberation of the death camps, and the contributions of African Americans and other minorities. He concludes with a suspenseful, never-before-told story of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, based on interviews with the men who flew the mission that ended the war.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This is the book that deserves to be titled The Story of World War II…If you seek the book that best conveys the ‘you are there’ experience of history’s greatest conflict, you hold that book in your hands.”

    James Bradley, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A major publishing event. Donald Miller’s additions to the original account are outstanding, and the total effect is one few readers will ever forget.”

    David McCullough, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award–winning author

  • “Whenever you do a film, there’s always a book that you want in your hip pocket to settle all questions. The Story of World War II was that book.”

    Ken Burns, creator of the seven-part documentary The War

  • “Donald Miller, himself an accomplished historian, amplifies Commager’s work with this substantially revised edition…Miller writes vividly of the key events…concentrating on the war through American eyes…and readers with an interest in World War II will learn much from its pages.” ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­, editorial review

  • “The extensive, moving testimonies by veterans of their brushes with death and terror humanize and vivify the described events.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “In 1945, historian Henry Steele Commager wrote a magisterial work uniquely blending historical analysis with firsthand accounts of ordinary soldiers. The book was extraordinary, but Commager was constrained by the suffocating limits of wartime censorship. Commager admirer Miller…essentially created a new work, incorporating vast amounts of new information…The result is an engrossing and frequently stunning portrait of men in war…Many of his revelations are treasures…This work will be an essential element in collections on the history of World War II.”


  • “Beautifully done. Donald Miller has made combat, wherever it occurred in World War II, alive and immediate.”

    Martin Blumenson, military historian, author of Patton

  • An bestseller

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 11/28/2013

    " This is an exhaustive account of World War 2. If it happened in World War 2, it's in this book. I liked how the author included actual accounts from different people that were really there. The photographs also helped to create a strong mental image of the conditions during the war. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joseph | 9/18/2013

    " great summary with personal accounts "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 A | 5/29/2013

    " Great overview from beginning to end of WWII. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ramble | 4/21/2013

    " One amazing book on World War II - a must read for anyone! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom | 3/15/2013

    " Fills in the blanks that weren't discussed in high school. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samuel | 2/15/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book; it presented not only a picture of what it was like for the people on the ground, but also did a good job of giving a picture of the overall war, and putting all of the battles in context. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Orville | 11/15/2012

    " Possibly the best history of America's participation in the Second World War. "

About the Author

Donald L. Miller is the John Henry MacCracken Professor of History Emeritus at Lafayette College and author of ten books, including Masters of the Air, being made into a television series by Tom Hanks. He has hosted, coproduced, or served as historical consultant for more than thirty television documentaries and has written for the New York Times, Washington Post, and other publications.

About the Narrator

Michael Kramer is an AudioFile Earphones Award winner, a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration, and recipient of a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award. He is also an actor and director in the Washington, DC, area, where he is active in the area’s theater scene and has appeared in productions at the Shakespeare Theatre, the Kennedy Center, and Theater J.