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The United States and the Second World War
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In this compelling book, G. Kurt Piehler and Sidney Pash bring together a collection of essays offering a fresh examination of American participation in the Second World War, including a long overdue reconsideration of such seminal topics as the forces leading the United States to enter World War II, the role of the American military in the Allied victory, and war-time planning for the postwar world, but also tackle new inquiries into life on the home front and America's commemoration of one of the most controversial and climatic events of the war-the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. In this compelling book, G. Kurt Piehler and Sidney Pash bring together a collection of essays offering a fresh examination of American participation in the Second World War, including a long overdue reconsideration of such seminal topics as the forces leading the United States to enter World War II, the role of the American military in the Allied victory, and war-time planning for the postwar world, but also tackle new inquiries into life on the home front and America's commemoration of one of the most controversial and climatic events of the war-the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. These outstanding historians cover crucial moments such as:Franklin D. Roosevelt's pivotal, if at times indecisive, role in leading the United StatesThe miscalculation of Japanese intentions by American diplomats and the failure of deterrence in preventing war in the PacificThe experiences and contributions of conscientious objectors to American society in this time of total warThe decision of the United States to fight with an ineffective battle tank at the expense of American livesThe Coast Guard's contribution to the D-Day LandingHow elite foreign policy organizations prior to V-J Day sought to influence American occupation policies regarding Japan With these essays and much more, The United States in the Second World War is sure to prove a classic to World War II buffs.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-9
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  1. 1. Roosevelt at the Rubicon: The Great Convoy Debate of 1941
  2. pp. 10-37
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  1. 2. Containment, Rollback, and the Onset of the Pacific War, 1933–1941
  2. pp. 38-67
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  1. 3. ‘‘In Terms of Peoples Rather than Nations’’: World War II Propaganda and Conceptions of U.S. Foreign Policy
  2. pp. 68-98
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  1. 4. Allotment Annies and Other Wayward Wives: Wartime Concerns About Female Disloyalty and the Problem of the Returned Veteran
  2. pp. 99-128
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  1. 5. General George S. Patton and the War-Winning Sherman Tank Myth
  2. pp. 129-149
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  1. 6. Naval Gunfire Support in Operation Neptune: A Reexamination
  2. pp. 150-215
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  1. 7. Veterans Tell Their Stories and Why Historians and Others Listened
  2. pp. 216-235
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  1. 8. Semper Paratus: The U.S. Coast Guard’s Flotilla 10 at Omaha Beach
  2. pp. 236-258
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  1. 9. American Pacifism, the ‘‘Greatest Generation,’’ and World War II
  2. pp. 259-292
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  1. 11. Hiroshima and the U.S. Peace Movement: Commemoration of August 6, 1948–1960
  2. pp. 333-366
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 367-372
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 373-400
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  1. World war ii:the global, human, and ethical dimension
  2. pp. 401-402
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