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The Best War Ever: America and World War II (The American Moment) ebook

by Professor Michael C.C. Adams


One of the best books on America's experience in WWII. Adams exposes many traditional myths of World War II and war in general, using well constructed arguments and supporting evidence

One of the best books on America's experience in WWII. Adams exposes many traditional myths of World War II and war in general, using well constructed arguments and supporting evidence. A good educational tool for perspective on a significant historical event from both the battle field and the home front.

The Best War Ever: America and World War II is a revisionist history book written by Dr. Michael C. C. Adams (professor of history at Northern Kentucky University)

The Best War Ever: America and World War II is a revisionist history book written by Dr. Adams (professor of history at Northern Kentucky University).

Was World War II really such a "good war"? Popular memory insists that it. . Adams is Regents Professor of History Emeritus at Northern Kentucky University.

Was World War II really such a "good war"? Popular memory insists that it was, in fact, "the best war ever. 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.

The Best War Ever book. The American war effort was marred by racial and class tensions, and the fundamental contradictions of a war for democracy abroad being fought by those who were subjugated at home was very clear to many. Ultimately Adams’ book leaves the reader understanding that there are ‘no easy answers’ when it comes to WWII.

The war was good for the economy. It was a war of tanks and airplanes-a cleaner war than World War I. Americans were united. It was a time of prosperity, sound morality, and power

The war was good for the economy. It was a time of prosperity, sound morality, and power.

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The Best War Ever: America and World War II - The American Moment (Paperback)

The Best War Ever: America and World War II - The American Moment (Paperback). Adams (author). The revised book also incorporates substantial developments that have occurred in our understanding of the course and character of the war, particularly in terms of the human consequences of fighting. In a new chapter, "The Life Cycle of a Myth," Adams charts image-making about the war from its inception to the present.

The author of the book is Michael C. Adams who is a professor of history at Northern Kentucky University. Professor Adams also holds a chair of history and geography at the same college. Since Adams is a professor of history, his credentials in writing this book are beyond question. Professor Adams has written other historical works on war and combat. They include "Fighting for Defeat," "The Great Adventure: Male Desire and the Coming of World War One," and, "Our Masters the Rebels" for which Adams won the Jefferson Davis Book Award.

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.

Llathidan
Well written and easy to read. It presents a whole different view of the war. My concern is it seems like he is pressing modern morals back to the time of the war with a heavy does of hindsight. I enjoyed the book immensly and highly recommend it.
Shadowredeemer
If you like war and theory this book is for you. If you also like to hear how war really is and not how movies portray war; then again, this book might be for you.
Haralem
I grew up through all of the war, but even this book had a couple of things in it that I didn'y know about and I always considered myself quite an expert on WWII. I have been collecting WWII books and CDs for years. This is a ggod one.
Ydely
One of the best books on America's experience in WWII. He shows that most of the problems we have today (name almost anything) goes back to how we fought the war. More especially he shows that we did not stop fighting the War. The US did an excellent job fighting WWII (w/ the exceptions of updating our basic tank and fighting/stopping racial problems/relations) and for the most part we came together as a nation and defeated a terrible set of enemies and Adams shows this. But we did such a good job we have, essentially, stayed organized as a society to fight WWII or its equivalent. The book is well documented, internally w/ in the text. It is easy to read and can probably be read by most in 24hrs or less, and gives an important perspective upon that period of time and what has come out of it. He questions alternatives to Appeasement. We looking back, may not accept or like Appeasement, but he makes some good arguments for Chamberlain's actions. For many of the negative reviewers who blindly follow the Heroic America line, a little antecedent from my Father who was an armorer for the B-29's on Tinian Island. He and one of the older men he was working w/ were watching the officers coming and going from their club. His friend said, "Frank, those guys think they are so smart, and they have got theirs, but when this is all over, I'm going to get mine."
Owomed
I developed my interest in history as a teenager reading World War Two history and at that time came to believe the United States pretty much single handedly won the war. My studies in history have since broadened, especially after visiting Japan in the late sixties and watching a Japanese movie about World War Two. From that movie I took an interest in finding books that give accounts from "the other side" and did not glorify the history of war into a paper version of a John Wayne movie. This book gives the adult version of history, laying out the good and the bad. The author does not make the United States a villain, but showed World War Two to be no different than any other time in that war is hell and no side comes away blameless. I especially liked the account of civilians dealing with the war in the United States.
Duktilar
Arrived right on time. In great condition. One of the best books I've read. Very eye opening. I wish more people would read it.
Olelifan
Adams exposes many traditional myths of World War II and war in general, using well constructed arguments and supporting evidence. A good educational tool for perspective on a significant historical event from both the battle field and the home front.
One of the best books about WWII that I ever read. Originally, I had read it for a class freshman year of college and lent my copy to someone and never got it back, so I wanted another one.
The Best War Ever: America and World War II (The American Moment) ebook
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Professor Michael C.C. Adams
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Americas
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The Johns Hopkins University Press (November 1, 1993)
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