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The Best War Ever: America and World War II (1993)

von Michael C. C. Adams

Reihen: The American moment (1994)

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Was it really such a "good war"? It was, if popular memory is to be trusted. We knew who the enemy was. We knew what we were fighting for. The war was good for the economy. It was liberating for women. It was a war of tanks and airplanes-a cleaner war than World War I. Americans were united. Soldiers were proud. It was a time of prosperity, sound morality, and power. But according to historian Michael Adams, our memory is distorted, and it has left us with a misleading-even dangerous-legacy. Challenging many of our common assumptions about the period, Adams argues that our experience of World War II was positive but also disturbing, creating problems that continue to plague us today.… (mehr)
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An extremely insightful text. It truly does clear up a lot of questions about WWII. The book was very well written and easy to follow. Adams separated his chapters nicely and anyone who is interested in WWII will most likely find this book enjoyable. I really liked how he talked about what was happening on the home front AND overseas. It was also nice for an author to really dig into why people believed that WWII was the best war ever. I read this book for a U.S history class and I found it to be really helpful. It helped me understand the issues surrounding the war during and after. It gave me the truth, not the glamor. ( )
1 abstimmen BethMC90 | Jun 16, 2010 |
This book is a "must read" for anyone interested in American History during the WWII era. The author objectively dismisses the notion that the "Golden Generation" is any different than other generations confronted by war. He does not aim to belittle their accomplishments, but to make sure that historians accurately portray events and do not suffer degrading comparisons unto the future generations. Topics of interest include: the family environment & dispelling the myth that kids behaved, parents didn't cheat, and all were happy little Beavers; drug use and sexual abuses during war were not absent until Vietnam, but simply a tragic side-effect of many wars, including WWII, and; analyzing the reasons why future generations grab onto these myths with both hands. Many WWII enthusiasts will wrongly assume that this book sets out to put down that generation, when all it does is propose that we should be looking at it as it really was. Highly recommend. ( )
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Was it really such a "good war"? It was, if popular memory is to be trusted. We knew who the enemy was. We knew what we were fighting for. The war was good for the economy. It was liberating for women. It was a war of tanks and airplanes-a cleaner war than World War I. Americans were united. Soldiers were proud. It was a time of prosperity, sound morality, and power. But according to historian Michael Adams, our memory is distorted, and it has left us with a misleading-even dangerous-legacy. Challenging many of our common assumptions about the period, Adams argues that our experience of World War II was positive but also disturbing, creating problems that continue to plague us today.

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