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1. Stu White <firstname.lastname@example.org> 2. Trent Telenko <email@example.com> -----Message from: Stu White <firstname.lastname@example.org>----- Dr. Reiter, I don't know if there's one text that meets all of your criteria. Here are some that I found useful planning a class on the Second World War last summer. I've had a lot of trouble finding a recent book that satisfactorily discusses the causes of the war: I ended up leaning heavily on James Crowley's /Japan's Quest for Autonomy/ (which is stellar but decades old) and Michael Barnhart's /Japan Prepares for Total War/, which is also excellent but nearly as old. Similarly, the best single volume on the war is still Spector's///Eagle Against the Sun/, which is unsurpassed, despite its age. Edward Drea has written very well (and much more recently) about the war, particularly about the uses and abuses of intelligence in the Pacific Theatre, but his work is best used as a complement to Spector, rather than as a replacement. On the Atomic Bomb debate, Michael Kort's /The Columbia Guide to Hiroshima and the Atomic Bomb/ is a fantastic source. It breaks down the historiographical debate, briefly covers the history, and then provides a wealth of documentary evidence. It's dispassionate, balanced, and essential. I hope this helps. Regards, Stu White PhD Candidate, History University of Calgary Stu White <email@example.com> -----Message from: Trent Telenko <firstname.lastname@example.org>----- I don't know the text book market well enough to comment as to current publisher offerings, but in terms of a single _history book_ for an "interdisciplinary undergraduate course on World War II in the Pacific" the best one you can find is this: "Eagle Against the Sun: The American War with Japan" by Historian Ronald H. Spector. It is fast-paced, easy reading, and balanced. It works in the role of "Magic" and "Ultra" code breaking, where most older histories of the Pacific War do not. Also, and more importantly for your stated purpose, Spector gives factors such as organization, logistics, and sociological issues like race and gender a spotlight lacking in many Pacific War histories. Its sole drawback for use as undergraduate course material is that it will require extensive supplimentation with Pacific war maps. While "Eagle Against the Sun: The American War with Japan" exhaustively and effectively summarizes many of the strategic and tactical elements of the various Pacific campaigns. It completely lacks the maps to visually explain those Pacific campaigns. Those maps can be obtained electronically from the University of Texas Perry-Castaņeda Library Map Collection of World War II Maps at: http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/historical/history_ww2.html The Perry-Castaņeda Library World War II Map collection are digitized public source documents from the U.S. Army Center of Military History collection. The combination would well serve as a backbone for an undergraduate studies course. -- Trent Telenko Quality Assurance Specialist Defense Contract Management Agency <trent.telenko@GMAIL.COM> ----- For subscription help, go to: http://www.h-net.org/lists/help/ To change your subscription settings, go to http://h-net.msu.edu/cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=h-war H-Net's 20th anniversary is coming up! Help support it for another 20 years: http://www.h-net.org/donations/ -----