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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.'
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.
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.
|List of Illustrations and Maps|
|1||Mythmaking and the War||1|
|2||No Easy Answers||20|
|3||The Patterns of War, 1939-1945||43|
|4||The American War Machine||69|
|6||Home Front Change||114|
|7||A New World||136|