This well-priced large volume and accompanying DVD-ROM (not seen) presents almost 100,000 pieces from the morgue of the Times, with accompanying photos or maps, representing its war coverage for the duration, including pieces about the home front as well as the battles around the globe. After a generic foreword by Tom Brokaw, there's a very useful introduction, "History in the Raw," that explains the value of this primary source material on an epic we have sought to define and describe in retrospect over and over. Overy (history, Univ. of Exeter; Why the Allies Won) discusses the contours of communication about this war, from the simplifications pronounced by the "fighting powers" and propagandists, to the challenges of on-deadline reportage day after day. He reminds us of the many separate conflicts embraced by the name "World War II." The pieces here in fact start with coverage of the 1919 Treaty of Versailles and include several marking Germany?s post-World War I evolution and Hitler?s rise.
VERDICT This is a book to lose yourself in, to witness the war transmuted into print for the masses of readers living through it and anxious to follow it?s twists and turns. No less fascinating as a study of newspaper writing. Essential. --MH