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The Best War Ever

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9781421416670
Author(s): Michael C.C. Adams
Format: Paperback
Year: 2015
Edition: 2nd
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Dimensions: 152 x 11 x 229 (w x l x h)
Pages: 184
Pages: 18
Series: The American Moment

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Was World War II really such a 'good war'? Popular memory insists that it was, in fact, 'the best war ever.' After all, we knew who the enemy was, and we understood what we were fighting for. The war was good for the economy. It was liberating for women. A battle of tanks and airplanes, it was a 'cleaner' war than World War I. Although we did not seek the conflict-or so we believed-Americans nevertheless rallied in support of the war effort, and the nation's soldiers, all twelve million of them, were proud to fight. But according to historian Michael C. C. Adams, our memory of the war era as a golden age is distorted. It has left us with a misleading-even dangerous - legacy, one enhanced by the nostalgia-tinged retrospectives of Stephen E. Ambrose and Tom Brokaw. Disputing many of our common assumptions about the period, Adams argues in The Best War Ever that our celebratory experience of World War II is marred by darker and more sordid realities. In the book, originally published in 1994, Adams challenges stereotypes to present a view of World War II that avoids the simplistic extremes of both glorification and vilification.
The Best War Ever charts the complex diplomatic problems of the 1930s and reveals the realities of ground combat: no moral triumph, it was in truth a brutal slog across a blasted landscape. Adams also exposes the myth that the home front was fully uni Please click here to ask a question
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