Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The 10 best books about Poland during World War II

Ruth Franklin, a senior editor at The New Republic, is writing a book about Holocaust literature. For Newsweek, she named a ten best list of books about Poland during World War II.

One title on the list:
No Simple Victory: World War II in Europe, 1939–1945, by Norman Davies

Davies, the author of the two-volume definitive history of Poland, God’s Playground, turns his attention here to the war's Eastern front, which he argues is underplayed by most histories of the war. Seeking to give the Soviets as well as the Nazis their fair share of blame, he argues that the common term "Hitler's war" for the invasion is misleading, letting Stalin—whose war crimes are perhaps still underestimated—off the hook. Davies's Rising ’44: The Battle for Warsaw is also indispensable.
Read about the other nine books on Franklin's list.

--Marshal Zeringue