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Old July 25 2013, 03:53 PM   #16
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Good recommendation. I would add the follow-up volume, Castles of Steel by the same author.
I wasn't as impressed by Castles of Steel, it didn't break any new ground, ignored some good scholarship from the previous decade or so and seemed like something of a re-hash of older histories. It also had some editing problems. But, if one needs a single volume on the major parts of naval WW1, it should do fine.

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I'm afraid I'm more of an ETO person, but I do know the books that the HBO series The Pacific were based on are supposed to be excellent.
I almost mentioned With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa by Eugene Sledge above but thought I better limit myself before I went on and on. It is a fantastic memoir, and really captures the bleak, grim and deadly personal struggles between the marines and Japanese defenders on these tiny islands. Helmet for My Pillow by Robert Leckie is also great.

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One Damned Island After Another (damn, that's expensive!) tells the story of the 7th Air Force's campaign across the Pacific. The USAAF hardly ever gets mentioned in the tales of the island-hopping campaign, this book covers that aspect, plus has a couple of photos of my father's P-47 in it!
Unit histories like that are fascinating, I'd love to have a look at that one.
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Old July 25 2013, 05:34 PM   #17
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^I've got a first printing (I think) from Dad. Damn book's probably older than me!
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Old July 25 2013, 05:41 PM   #18
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^I've got a first printing (I think) from Dad. Damn book's probably older than me!
I paid $250 for a copy of the unit history of my grandpa's engineer regiment a couple of years ago, but it was well worth it for the photos and details on the Battle of the Bulge. I wish he'd been around to see it, but my grandma enjoyed it.
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Old July 26 2013, 01:22 AM   #19
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You might also like Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed The World. It deals mainly with the peace conference that led to the Treaty of Versailles, but there's a fair bit of discussion about the military aspects related to both the war and the peace conference.
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Old July 26 2013, 01:07 PM   #20
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^I've got a first printing (I think) from Dad. Damn book's probably older than me!
I paid $250 for a copy of the unit history of my grandpa's engineer regiment a couple of years ago, but it was well worth it for the photos and details on the Battle of the Bulge. I wish he'd been around to see it, but my grandma enjoyed it.
I also have a 56th Fighter Group "yearbook" that I got from a 56th pilot many years ago. It has individual photos of every pilot, a full list and synopsis of every mission, and just tons of photos of planes and daily life at the base. A real gold mine!
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Old July 29 2013, 05:58 AM   #21
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I'll let my oft used History degree kick in for a moment here

The two books I'd go to for an overview of WW1 are David Fromkin's "Europe's Last Summer." It is a fantastic take on the intricacy of how Europe devolved into war, and very much more than the conventional explanation. For the millitary history, a great go to general volume is Keegan's "The First World War."

For World War 2, I tend to divide the overview books into Europe/The Pacific. But, if you want a really easily readable view of the whole war, I'd look at Stokesbury's "A Short History of World War 2." For Europe, I'd look hard at Hasting's "Overlord" and "Inferno" which cover the Western front from D-Day foreward. For the Pacific as a whole, I'd strongly suggest Toland's "The Rising Sun."

I have a huge history library, so I'd be happy to provide suggestions for anyone who wants one on a specific topic.
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I'm surprised no one mentioned Guadalcanal Diary.

The Ambrose books are good without burying you in equipment designations like too many authors tend to do. Also, years ago I stumbled on Fighting the Flying Circus by Eddie Rickenbacker, about US pilots in WWI.
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For WW2, I can definitely recommend "The Second World War" by Antony Beevor.
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