A Critical Book Review For The Bitter Road And A New History Of The Liberation Of Europe

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A Critical Book Review For The Bitter Road To Freedom. “The Bitter Road to Freedom A New History of the Liberation of Europe” is written by William I. Hitchcock. William I. Hitchcock has earned a bachelor from Kenyon college and his PHD from Yael. William I. Hitchcock is now a professor at the University of Virginia and his work focuses on history from the 20th century. The book Bitter Road to Freedom focuses on WW2 and shows the true results of war and liberation that you normally do not hear about when covering WW2 history. The book also gives the perspective of not only the soldiers who fought but from the civilians as well. The review of this book will discuss things such as the kinds of sources used to reinforce the author’s thesis, the author’s treatment of the topic and how the book was constructed. In the beginning of the book William I. Hitchcock opens up the book by starting the reader off in a Luxembourg cemetery where he reads off a memorial tablet that gives us a synopsis of the war in the final years with emphasis on the accomplishments of the Americans. The tablet showed the good sides of war which was ironic seeing as the cemetery with all the tombstones showcased the bad. Shortly after Hitchcock states “To understand this paradox…and it is one that does not appear in our monuments or history books.”(page 2). This except is important because it sets up the author’s thesis for the rest of the book and gives us a idea on how Hitchcock sets up the book…

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