During the 1930s, as the world faced a crippling economic depression following the fancy-free "Roaring Twenties," several dictators began their rise to power around the world. Men like Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Francisco Franco, Joseph Stalin, and the warlords of Japan pushed political boundaries and physical borders until whole countries either were invaded or annexed to the Axis powers. The United States, believing it was safe from this kind of invasion, established an isolationist policy that allowed it to remain neutral. The inaction of the U.S. government would not last for long, though, as the shock and outrage of the attack on Hawaii's Pearl Harbor plunged the United States into the greatest war in history, one whose effects are still felt today. In this war's aftermath, America, alongside its allies, emerged in a position of greater power than it had ever known before. In World War II: 1939-1945, read about the all-encompassing world war that created America's "Greatest Generation."
Full-color and black-and-white photographs, illustrations, and maps. Boxed insets. Glossary. Chronology and timeline. Bibliography. Further resources. Index.
About the Author(s)
Tim McNeese is associate professor of history at York College in York, Nebraska. He earned degrees from York College, Harding University, and Missouri State University. McNeese has published more than 100 books and educational materials. His writing has earned him a citation in the library reference work Contemporary Authors and multiple citations in Best Books for Young Teen Readers. In 2006, McNeese appeared on the History Channel program Risk Takers/History Makers: John Wesley Powell and the Grand Canyon. He was a faculty member at the 2006 Tony Hillerman Mystery Writers Conference in Albuquerque.