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The best war ever : America and World War II

Author: Michael C C Adams
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, ©1994.
Series: American moment.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Adams, Michael C.C., 1945-
Best war ever.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, ©1994
(OCoLC)624393473
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael C C Adams
ISBN: 080184696X 9780801846960 0801846978 9780801846977
OCLC Number: 28063778
Description: xvii, 189 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Mythmaking and the War --
No easy answers --
The patterns of war, 1939-1945 --
The American War Machine --
Overseas --
Home Front change --
A New World.
Series Title: American moment.
Responsibility: Michael C.C. Adams.
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