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70th anniversary of D-Day reflects on veterans

Countless volumes have been written about World War II, from the events on the battlefield to the events that finally ended the fighting, from how women’s roles expanded on the home front to the way the world was reshaped in the aftermath of the war.

The 70th anniversary of D-Day falls on June 6, 2014. (Credit: Bill Bergeman)

The 70th anniversary of D-Day falls on June 6, 2014. (Credit: Bill Bergeman)

With the 70th anniversary of D-Day — the Invasion of Normandy — even more is likely to be written and researched as we struggle to come to terms with the way the war changed so many countries, while remembering veterans and the sacrifices they made. The D-Day anniversary offers a time to reflect on the sacrifices those men made and how they helped shape all of our futures. Read more

The Wolverine movie and history books: Nagasaki atomic bomb

The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki ...

The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki killed tens of thousands of Japanese civilians.

We recently passed the 68th anniversary of the Hiroshima/Nagasaki atomic bombs dropped in Japan during World War II. You might not be looking for historical context in a summer blockbuster like The Wolverine movie, but the story begins when the U.S. military dropped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki. Indestructible war prisoner Logan saving a Japanese officer by shielding his body against the atomic blast is the basis for the movie’s plot. For a history book account of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombing and their aftermath, visit Questia for some of the best history books for research. Read more