Published in 2011 by Vook.
Vook is a publisher of e-books enhanced with video clips (Video + Book = Vook). This history is short (Amazon estimates it would be about 32 pages on paper) so it is unlikely to satisfy a history purist. It is very lightweight due to its short length but very readable.
The result is about the same as if you read the chapter on World War II and the 1940s in a standard high school world history book. The broadest of outlines are there but if this is all you knew about World War II and the beginnings of the Cold War you would be one un-educated person indeed. At best, this is an introduction to the topic. Considering how long of a shadow World War II and the Cold War have cast, this is too short and too shallow to be of much value.
|Adolf Hitler in strategy session|
-"The Greatest Generation"
-The Cold War
-Making Military Technology Civil
-Hurray for Hollywood
-Breaking the Race Barrier
-40s Pop Culture
I rate this kindle book 2 stars out of 5.
This e-book can be found online at Amazon.com here: The 1940s: A Brief History (Enhanced Version)
Reviewed on December 31, 2012.