A comprehensive modern reference book all about World War II for expert readers. It's been nearly 70 years since World War II ended, but its after-effects are still shaping our world. Nicknamed "the deadliest conflict in history," it claimed at least 50 million lives. It was also the backdrop to atrocities we are still struggling to comprehend, notably the Holocaust and the dropping of atomic bombs on Japan. This book charts the course of the war, from the rise of Nazism to Hitler's suicide in April 1945. Moving first-hand accounts bring history to life and show how individuals experienced the war, be they military or civilian, adult or child. In addition to a wealth of contemporary photographs, there is detailed cutaway artwork that reveals the inner workings of vehicles that defined the war: the German U-boat, Sherman tank, and Liberator bomber. A free online digital companion book is available online.