Last Musing for Sunday, October 25, 2020: Of Maps, WWII, and a Quick Sunday Evening Stroll

The path most often taken…..(Photo by the author)

Hello again, Dear Reader. It’s late afternoon/early evening (5:00 PM Eastern) here in New Hometown, Florida, and it is still quite summery outside. Presently, the temperature is 84˚F (29˚C) under partly sunny skies. With humidity at 65% and an easterly breeze of 6 MPH (9 KM/H), the heat index is 89˚F (32˚C). The sun sets at 6:49 PM Eastern, so if I can finish and publish this post before 6:10 PM, I might try going for another walk.

As I wrote earlier today, Amazon delivered my copy of DK Books’ World War II Map by Map, which I ordered to supplement the stack of books that I’m using as references for my NaNoWriMo 2020 manuscript. I have only leafed through it; I’m tired and sleepy, so I didn’t dive right into it to fully immerse myself in the various maps and short essays that accompany them.

(C) 2019 DK Books

Published in September of 2019 to commemorate the 80th Anniversary of the start of the largest and bloodiest conflict in history, World War II Map by Map is one of the many history-themed references DK has created in a partnership with the Smithsonian Institution. Aimed at young readers as well as adults, it depicts, in a wide array of maps, the ebb and flow of the war, from Germany’s invasion of Poland in 1939 to the Japanese surrender in Tokyo Bay, as well as major events in the immediate postwar period.

As the publishers describe World War II Map by Map in the DK Books website:

Trace the epic history of World War 2 across the globe with more than 100 detailed maps.

In this stunning visual history book, custom maps tell the story of the Second World War from the rise of the Axis powers to the dropping of the atom bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Each map is rich with detail and graphics, helping you to chart the progress of key events of World War II on land, sea, and air, such as the Dunkirk evacuation, the attack on Pearl Harbor, the D-Day landings, and the siege of Stalingrad.

Historical maps from both Allied and Axis countries also offer unique insights into the events. There are timelines to help you follow the story as it unfolds, while narrative overviews explain the social, economic, political, and technical developments at the time. Fascinating, large-scale pictures introduce topics such as the Holocaust, blitzkrieg, kamikaze warfare, and code-breaking.

Written by a team of historians in consultation with Richard Overy, World War II Map by Map examines how the deadliest conflict in history changed the face of our world. It is perfect for students, general readers, and military history enthusiasts.

A spread from the section of the book called Turning the Tide. (C) 2019 DK Books

I’ll probably review this book in the near future. From what I’ve seen of its content, World War II Map by Map has a nice blend of colorful maps, black-and-white and color photos, and concise but informative narrative text that enhances the graphics within the 288 pages.

As I write this, the family dog – a sweet and smart female miniature schnauzer – is sleeping comfortably on a corner of my couch, which converts easily into a futon at bedtime. She looks so relaxed and content there!

Well, Dear Reader, that’s all the news that’s fit to print for this Sunday, October 25, 2020. I still have a chance to go for a constitutional before it gets dark, so I’ll go ahead and post this so I can get a bit of fresh air. So be safe, stay healthy, and be kind to each other. I’ll catch you on the sunny side of things!

Published by Alex Diaz-Granados

Alex Diaz-Granados (1963- ) began writing movie reviews as a staff writer and Entertainment Editor for his high school newspaper in the early 1980s and was the Diversions editor for Miami-Dade Community College, South Campus' student newspaper for one semester. Using his experiences in those publications, Alex has been raving and ranting about the movies online since 2003 at various web sites, including Amazon, Ciao and Epinions. In addition to writing reviews, Alex has written or co-written three films ("A Simple Ad," "Clown 345," and "Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss") for actor-director Juan Carlos Hernandez. You can find his reviews and essays on his blogs, A Certain Point of View and A Certain Point of View, Too.

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