HATTIESBURG – A
professor of history at The University of Southern Mississippi has
co-authored a new book detailing more than 160 battle and campaign
maps of World War II.
Published by Barnes and Noble Books in the fall of
2004, the Atlas of World War II was written by Dr. Andrew Wiest
of Southern Miss and co-author David Jordan.
The 256-page book covers all major operations of
the war, from the United States’ involvement in the China
Burma India Theater to the naval battles of the Pacific Theater.
Wiest said books about World War II remain popular
today because of its perception as “the good war.”
“It was the great crusade in which America
and the British went out and literally saved the world,” said
Wiest, also a military expert on the Vietnam War. “On one
side you had tremendous figures of good facing off against obvious
figures of great evil.”
World War II had great moments of high drama, Wiest
said, particularly major battles – like Midway and Stalingrad
– in which “evil could have easily won.”
“There is so much to World War II, so
much more than any other war, which gives the topic long legs,”
Unlike heavily foot-noted academic texts he’s
published on the topic, this book is different because it is geared
toward a wide popular audience, according to Wiest.
The first half of the book, written by Wiest, contains
chapters on the German Blitzkrieg, the defeat of Poland and France,
the air war in Europe, the War in the Atlantic, and the War in Africa
and Italy. Wiest also wrote the book’s introduction.
Fifty thousand copies of the Atlas of World War II
were printed for the book’s first run. Wiest is the author
of eight books, with a ninth due out this June about Field Marshal
Sir Douglas Haig -- the commander of British forces in World War
I. He also has two other books in the works.
“Professor Wiest is one of the Department
of History's most productive scholars,” said department Chair
Dr. Charles Bolton. “This latest addition to an ever-growing
list of books solidifies Andy's reputation as one of America's leading
experts on military history.”
For more information, contact Dr. Wiest at (601)