• Bards Alley: Author Appearance: Neil Kagan

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    Name: Bards Alley: Author Appearance: Neil Kagan
    Date: November 4, 2018
    Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST
    Event Description:

    Neil Kagan will read from his latest, lavishly illustrated book from National Geographic, Atlas of World War II, at Bards Alley on November 4 at 2:00 pm.

    The massive scope of World War II, and the geography of its battles, made it a war the likes of which history has never seen before or since. With battle lines circling the globe, maps were at the core of military intelligence. It was the National Geographic Society’s maps, the absolute gold standard in cartography, that FDR and Churchill turned to again and again to study the far-flung fields of battle on every continent in land, sea, and air, where service men and women marched into combat. The maps were used to plan top secret invasions, locate enemy fortifications, record attacks, and devise escapes. Today, with GPS at our fingertips, it’s almost impossible to imagine how crucial maps were to the war effort.

    Now, National Geographic Books is publishing its Atlas of World War II: History’s Greatest Conflict Revealed Through Rare Wartime Maps and New Cartography (on-sale October 25, 2018) a first-of-its-kind atlas that combines 114 authoritative new maps and rare wartime maps to give a comprehensive view of World War II. The Atlas of World War II may contain more military intelligence about World War II than has ever been gathered in one book. In the original wartime maps, many of which are being published for the first time, there are handwritten notes and annotations that offer a window into both the minds of leaders as they make critical strategic decisions and the boots-on-the-ground serviceman using maps to find the enemy— or just to survive. Using the latest military research and state-of-the-art digital mapping data, the accompanying new maps show exactly how effective those decisions were by portraying crucial battles and campaigns as they actually unfolded. Organized chronologically, including all theaters, each spread is its own story, often weaving in raw eyewitness accounts and direct quotes from war room conversations or classified documents. The book’s publication also marks the 75th Anniversary of many important World War II events. This combination of World War II history, cartography and modern research has never been done by National Geographic or any other publisher to-date. It’s a truly one-of-a-kind history book.

    NEIL KAGAN, editor, heads Kagan & Associates, Inc., a firm specializing in designing and producing innovative illustrative books. Formerly publisher/managing editor and director of new product development for Time-Life Books, he created numerous book series, including the award-winning Voices of the Civil War, Our American Century, and What Life Was Like. Recently, he edited Great Photographs of World War II, Smithsonian Civil War, and for National Geographic, the best-selling Concise History of the World, Eyewitness to the Civil War, Atlas of the Civil War, The Untold Civil War, Eyewitness to World War II, and The Secret History of World War II.

    This event is free to attend, with no reservation required. Seats will be available on a first come, first served basis.

    Bards Alley
    110 Church Street NW
    Vienna, VA 22180
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    November 4 at 2:00 pm
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