Cover

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Title Page

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Copyright

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CONTENTS

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p. vii

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PREFACE

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pp. ix-xi

If this book represents a journey of sorts, I think I can date its origins to several desperate days on the sandy training ranges of Fort Dix, New Jersey. I enlisted in the military when my student loans failed to cover my undergraduate tuition and fees; the local National ...

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INTRODUCTION: Propaganda and the Bonds of War

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pp. 3-12

James Gerard had very strong feelings about propaganda. The American ambassador to Germany, expelled by Kaiser Wilhelm II on the eve of U.S. entry into World War I, returned to his homeland with dire warnings about Germany’s intentions. In his ...

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1. A HISTORY OF BONDS TO 1942: The Path to Training and Cohesion

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pp. 13-37

The summer of 1940 presented the Roosevelt administration with a frustrating set of challenges. In the European war, the Allies were losing their struggle against the German blitzkrieg. Late June brought the fall of France, giving Hitler unchallenged ...

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2. WAR BOND DRIVES IN 1942 AND 1943: Developing Apprehensive Enthusiasm

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pp. 38-63

The turning point of World War II occurred in 1942. On the battlefield, the Allies slowly began to move from a defensive posture to an offensive position. At Midway Island in June, the U.S. Navy successfully ambushed the Japanese fleet, and the balance ...

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3. WAR BOND DRIVES IN 1944: Struggling with Resignation

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pp. 64-96

In November 1943, Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin met together for the first time at the Teheran Conference. Although some disagreements arose about the next steps in the war, it was clear to the participants that “there was now no doubt the Allies were ...

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4. THE MIGHTY SEVENTH AND THE VICTORY LOAN: The 1945 War Bond Drives as a Terminal Period

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pp. 97-128

The first months of 1945 were good ones for Allied forces in the European theater. Two weeks after Germany initiated its end-of- the-year counterattack through the Ardennes Forest, its resistance withered and the rapid progress of Eisenhower’s ...

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5. ASSESSING THE TREASURY’S WAR BOND LEGACIES: Militarized Propaganda, Enemy Constructions, and the War’s Perfecting Myth

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pp. 129-146

Sixty years after America’s victory at the end of World War II, the war experience remains a vibrant topic. Japanese planes continue to attack Pearl Harbor to the delight of millions of movie fans. The nation’s World War II Memorial is now open on what ...

NOTES

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pp. 147-180

BIBLIOGRAPHY

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pp. 181-193

INDEX

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pp. 195-200