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This is a very fun series, and I have worked backwards from book three down to this one. It really doesn't matter the order in which you read them either. The book discusses some better known individuals, and some you have never heard of, the same goes for battles. There will be things that you never knew happened in some of the most well known ones, and things that you never heard of at all (unless you literally lived to research this war).
The really good stuff: Each chapter is short, although very informative. It packs in a lot of info, but does not overwhelm you or make it feel like a teaching moment. No, this is more like information taught just for fun. And you will enjoy it. Additionally, the best part is the mini quiz at the end of each chapter, that is there just to see if you were really listening. So, you can see iif you learned anything.
If you enjoy learning about WWII then you will love this book. It really brings that era alive.
Newman is an excellent narrator, and he actually teaches without sounding like it. He makes the work fun, keeps it interesting, and you will enjoy every second listening to him. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.
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As I have gotten older, history has become more important to me. I absolutely love these books by Bill O'Neill. They are oozing with information, facts, and trivia. This book is no exception.
The setup for retention is genius. The listener is treated to a chapter's worth of information and then there is a pause, giving the listener a chance to reflect on what he just heard.
I think that I have mentioned this before, in other reviews of Bill O'Neill's books, but it is worth mentioning again. This would be perfect material for (but not limited to) a 5th grade classroom. Imagine a student reading a section and then the teacher calling on students to point out what they have just heard.
The material is timely and interesting to almost anyone, in my opinion.
Derek Newman is an engaging and pleasant narrator. It almost feels like you are having a conversation with him, when at the end of each chapter he asks questions about what you just heard or invites you to share your thoughts. Fantastic!
I intend to listen to each and every Bill O'Neill trivia book with this format. They are marvelous!
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This is my follow up book to The American Civil War Trivia book by Bill O’Neill and Dwayne Walker and yet again as with the first I thoroughly enjoyed this book, which was also excellently narrated by Derek Newman.
It is a well structured read, delivering a comprehensive yet succinct over view of the whole conflict and its impact once it was concluded.
The Bitesize chapters are once again perfect in size and the book covers the lead up to the war including Japan’s invasion of China in the 1930s.
It goes into the potential reasons why the war began, how the fallout from WW1 was a catalyst, the parts that Britain and France took, the involvement of the Soviet Union and America and the roles of Japan and Germany too.
There are several significant battles mentioned as well as some interesting individual characters one being Jack Churchill an eccentric British Officer.
They include the significance of the Atomic bombs dropped on Japan on both its population and how it lead to their actual surrender.
The final chapter discusses the impact on all after the war concluded and how modern Europe and the World evolved including the Cold War between the newly emerging Super Powers.
It concludes by highlighting the literature that has come from the campaign and the numerous movies and documentaries that have been inspired as a result.
At the end of each chapter there are numerous bullet point facts which are extremely interesting and the short quizzes are a fabulous knowledge check, so make sure you pay attention and enjoy.
I’m now looking forward to listening to the next book in this series, The Vietnam War Trivia Book.📚
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This was a really good trivia book concerning the Second World War. There were quite a few little known details that were really interesting. This is well researched and well organised, and I love the way that O’Neill sets out the book with a feeling of cohesion. I also love the questions at the end of each chapter, which meant I could check my knowledge and refresh easily.
Coincidentally, I saw The Darkest Hour in the cinemas a few weeks ago, and there was a tidbit in there that I was a bit leery off, but it was repeated in this trivia book.