An Incomplete History of World War II does not pretend to be an exhaustive tract on the history of this devastating world conflict. Yet this may be the most enticing aspect of this work and what makes it so readable. The book is not a jargon-filled, hair-splitting, jaw-snapping academic text. It is instead a highly digestible account of the events that made up this world war, as this is reflected in the lives and stories of those who took part in it. In some respects, An Incomplete History of World War II is comparable to Jacques Barzun’s lively history, From Dawn to Decadence. This attention to historical minutiae is what the Spanish thinker and writer of The Revolt of the Masses, Jose Ortega y Gasset, calls historical reason, or what is essentially the individual vitality that underscores our interpretation of history as a monolithic human endeavor.
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