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Is any war a ôgood warö? In Worshipping the Myths of World War II, the author takes a critical look at what he sees is AmericaÆs dedication to war as panacea and as WashingtonÆs primary method for leading the world. Articulating why he believes the lessons of World War II are profoundly relevant to todayÆs events, Edward W. Wood, Jr., reflects on such topics as the killing of innocents, which became increasingly accepted during the war; on how actual killing is usually ignored in war discussions and reporting; on the lifetime impact of frontline duty, which he knew firsthand; on the widely accepted concept of ôthe Greatest Generationö; on present criteria for judging war memoirs and novels; on the fallacy that the United States won the war largely on its own; and on the effect that the Holocaust had on our national concepts of evil and purity. His final chapter centers on how the ôwar on terrorö is different from World War IIùand why the myths created about the latter hide that reality.

2007 Outstanding Academic Title selection from Choice Magazine

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