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World in the Balance: Behind the Scenes of World War II

Gerhard L. Weinberg

"World in the Balance: Behind the Scenes of World War II" book cover  with a grid of headshots of 6 WWII figures and a globeOne of the deans of World War II scholars examines both the archives and published literature on the war, and offers sharp challenges to prevailing views. The purpose of Weinberg’s text is to suggest a way in which the dramatic events of World War II may be seen. Weinberg argues that the war must be seen as a whole, and that the presentation of it in discrete segments covering the European and Pacific portions separately distorts reality and obscures important aspects of the war on both sides of the world. In addition, any understanding of the great struggle requires a mental self-liberation from the certain knowledge of its outcome. In desperate struggles millions fought and died, hopeful or fearful--or both--but without awareness of the end.

"A series of essays representing the pinnacle of the historian’s craft: a solid and sweeping survey." —German Studies Review

About the Author

Gerhard Ludwig Weinberg is a German-born American diplomatic and military historian noted for his studies in the history of Nazi Germany and World War II. Weinberg is the William Rand Kenan, Jr. Professor Emeritus of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.