The Story of World War II

  • by Donald L. Miller, Henry Steele Commager
  • Narrated by Michael Kramer
  • 24 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Drawing on previously unpublished eyewitness accounts, prizewinning historian Donald L. Miller has written what critics are calling one of the most powerful accounts of warfare ever published.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.
Donald L. Miller is the John Henry MacCracken Professor of History at Lafayette College. He is a creator and associate producer of the HBO documentary He Has Seen War and has been chief consultant for numerous award-winning PBS productions. He is author of the prizewinning City of the Century: The Epic of Chicago and the Making of America.


What the Critics Say

"This is the book that deserves to be titled  The Story of World War II...." (James Bradley,  New York Times best-selling 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)


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Title it: The American Story of World War II

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My father fought with RAF during WWII and I was looking forward to listening to a balanced account of that terrible conflict. From the early chapters this book was clearly going to be another title on how America won the war, helped occasionally by the allied forces. I dislike not finishing any book and persevered with this one until chapter 13 then gave up. Very disappointing.

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- Dave Reed

massively miss-titled

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No. Very misleading. I got this book to learn more about WWII as a whole. This was not what i got. I would recommend this book to all my American friends because that is who this book was written by and for.

What was most disappointing about Donald L. Miller and Henry Steele Commanger ’s story?

This book should have been titled AN AMERICANS OPINION OF HOW THE AMERICANS BEAT THE NAZIS AND THE JAPANESE. There was hardly any mention of the Allied forces unless is was to say something they didn't do or failed to achieve. Apparently it wasn't even a world war till the Americans joined. "They didn't want to make it worse"! That's want this guy said. Not by choice i might add. It wasn't until they got sucker punched at Pear Harbor that they gave a damn about this European scuffle. It WAS a World war and that is already pretty bad in my books. I could only listen to this book in small chunks because the shear disrespect given to the Allied forces. The RAF fire bombing of the German city of Dresden was an "horrific act of barbarism" but when the US air force burnt Tokyo's main housing districts to the ground just to kill the thousands strong workforce was "just war" oh and the two nukes they dropped was the best way to end the war to save American lives. Not quite sure the moral levels were quite set to an un bi-est level.

What about Michael Kramer’s performance did you like?

I can't hold anything against the Mr Kramer. He did a good job of reading the book.

Did The Story of World War II inspire you to do anything?

I inspired me to find another way to learn about the second world war from an un bi-est source.

Any additional comments?

If your an American then grab your finest red, white and blue and prepare to march down the street waving the flag while whistling Dixie. If your are British, European, or even from any other country that was involved in the second world war then prepare yourselves for a tale how the Americans saved the world.

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- Magic Inc.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-08-2012
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.