Because World War II was such a monumental event, spanning most of the globe, there are many stories about people and events to be learned. Ken Burns' documentary The War focuses on four American cities and towns and the fascinating experiences of people from those places during the war. To place those stories in a larger context and give them greater significance, it helps to know the larger global story of World War II. To learn more, explore ABC-CLIO's comprehensive five-volume Encyclopedia of World War II: A Political, Social, and Military History by Dr. Spencer C. Tucker and Dr. Priscilla Mary Roberts. In it you will find an overview, detailed chronology, essays explaining the origins and legacy of the war, and an A-Z entry list. Furthermore, an extensive amount of primary sources—images and documents—provide invaluable insight into the people, places, and events of World War II.