Pub Date 15 Nov 2017
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The World Turns to War (November 2017) is the latest volume in the powerful series, War Stories: World War II First Hand™. Written and compiled by award-winning filmmaker and historical author Jay Wertz, The World Turns to War combines eyewitness accounts and rarely or never seen photos. Over the span of two decades Wertz has gathered more than 500 personal interviews with veterans and eyewitnesses from 22 countries.
The impressive coffee table-style book is a comprehensive look at the treaties ending World War I and their consequences, the unstable political events of postwar Europe, the rise of Adolf Hitler and a reinvigorated German military machine, and the early victories that Nazi military forces scored in putting half of Europe under Third Reich rule by the summer of 1940. The use of photographs, images, original maps and first-hand accounts, along with a complete narrative, make this work a truly unique document of the period.
About the Author:
Jay Wertz is the author of seven books. These include two award-winning volumes in the War Stories: World War II Firsthand™series, D-Day: The Campaign Across France and The Pacific – Volume One – Pearl Harbor to Guadalcanal, as well as The Pacific – Volume Two – The Solomons to Saipan and The World Turns to War. He has written The Native American Experience, also an award-winner; The Civil War Experience 1861-1865 and is co-author, with prominent historian Edwin C. Bearss, of Smithsonian’s Great Battles and Battlefields of the Civil War. He is currently writing volume five in the War Stories: World War II Firsthand™ series for Monroe Publications and has recently completed Pearl Harbor and the Day of Infamy and They Called Themselves the Battling Bastards of Bataan for their World War II Comix imprint. He has also been a columnist for Civil War Times Illustrated, America’s Civil War, Historynet.com, GreatHistory.com, a feature writer forAmerica in WWII, Aviation History, Armchair General magazines and a contributing editor for America in WWII. He is the producer-director-writer of the award-winning 13-part documentary series Smithsonian’s Great Battles of the Civil War for The Learning Channel and Time-Life Video. He started his 42-year film and TV career in Hollywood working on military projects. He has worked on dozens of motion pictures, TV shows, commercials and documentaries. In his limited spare time he enjoys musical performance, sailing and volunteering. He lives in Phillips Ranch, California.