The Best War Ever: America and World War II

The Best War Ever: America and World War II

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by Michael C. C. Adams
     
 
The goal of this book is to subject the major aspects of the Good War myth to fresh analysis in the hope of presenting a more realistic picture, one that does not demean the achievement of the United States and of liberal democracy but that at the same time does not diminish the stress, suffering, problems, and failures inevitably faced by a society at war.

Overview

The goal of this book is to subject the major aspects of the Good War myth to fresh analysis in the hope of presenting a more realistic picture, one that does not demean the achievement of the United States and of liberal democracy but that at the same time does not diminish the stress, suffering, problems, and failures inevitably faced by a society at war.

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Booknews
Argues that the US experience of World War II was not nearly so positive as contemporary reports and subsequent history would have us believe. Explores such taboo topics as the emotional breakdown of soldiers, institutional racism, equipment inferior to that of the enemy, the devastating toll of venereal disease, the reluctance of the government to provide sex education, and the high degree of censorship. Paper edition (unseen), $12.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

This book will be most valuable to students and general readers who have not given World War II serious study but who are interested in achieving a better understanding of America's experience in what Dwight D. Eisenhower called 'the Great Crusade.'

Reviews in American History
Adams... uses his demythologizing lens to provide a rich overview of American involvement in the war... [He] has a real gift for efficiently explaining complex historical problems.

Journal of Military History
Not only is this mythologizing bad history, says Adams, it is dangerous as well. Surrounding the war with an aura of nostalgia both fosters the delusion that war can cure our social ills and makes us strong again, and weakens confidence in our ability to act effectively in our own time.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801846960
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
12/01/1993
Series:
The American Moment Ser.
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.27(h) x 0.76(d)

Meet the Author

Michael C. C. Adams is Regents Professor of History Emeritus at Northern Kentucky University. He is the author of Living Hell: The Dark Side of the Civil War and The Great Adventure: Male Desire and the Coming of World War I.

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