Great American Battles of World War II

Edward Shapiro
History / International Relations

Course Description

This year is the 75th anniversary of World War II. This  series will analyze the four climactic battles of 1944-1945 in which the United States participated. 


  1. D-Day, June 6, 1944: The Allied Invasion of Normandy in Northern France - The Planning for and the Results of the Invasion
  2. Battle of Leyte Gulf, October, 1944: The Greatest Naval Battle of All Time Resulting in the Capture of the Philippines and the Cutting-off of Japanese Supply Lines to the Dutch East Indies
  3. Battle of the Bulge, December-January, 1944-45: The Greatest Battle in American History
  4. The Battle of Okinawa, April-June, 1945: The Longest and Bloodiest Battle of World War II in the Pacific, and Japan's Defeat Directly Led to Her Surrender in August, 1945

About the Instructor

  • Edward Shapiro, PhD, received a bachelor's degree in history from Georgetown University and a doctorale degree in history from Harvard University. Shapiro taught at the University of Maryland, St. John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota, and at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey. He retired from Seton Hall as a full professor and has authored several books, A Time for Healing: American Jews Since World War II (1992), We Are Many: Reflections on American Jewish History and Identity (2005), and Crown Heights: Blacks, Jews, and the Brooklyn Riot of 1991. He has also authored several hundred essays and book reviews. Dr. Shapiro has received many awards and grants, including from the American Philosophical Society, Oxford Center for Jewish Studies, and Lucius N. Littauer Foundation and has  lectured on American and American Jewish history throughout the United States and in Europe and Israel. 

Upcoming programs presented by Edward Shapiro.

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4wk W243A Edward Shapiro Great American Battles of World War II
Tuesdays, January 14, 21, 28; February 4: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm