Worshipping the Myths of World War Ii: Reflections on America's Dedication to War

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Potomac Books, Inc., Jan 1, 2011 - History - 244 pages
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Is any war a "good war"? In Worshipping the Myths of World War II, the author takes a critical look at what he sees is America's dedication to war as panacea and as Washington's primary method for leading the world. Articulating why he believes the lessons of World War II are profoundly relevant to today's 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 "the Greatest Generation"; 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 "war on terror" is different from World War II--and why the myths created about the latter hide that reality.

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I view this book as informative, of essential importance, and even inspiring. After many years of reading, I, too, have come to believe that the reason the United States so often attempts a military ... Read full review

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This book is for those of us who memorized dates in History class without really understanding the connections between world events. The book looks at the nature of the war and war in general, and ... Read full review


INTRODUCTIONWorshipping War in America
The Good War
CHAPTER 1The Killing of Innocents
CHAPTER 2The Moral Dilemma of the Combat Infantryman
CHAPTER 3The Impact of World War II on Its Soldiers
The Greatest Generation
CHAPTER 4On Judging Artistic Interpretations of World War II
CHAPTER 8America Triumphant
When Evil Lies in Others War Is the Means to Justice
CHAPTER 9The Holocaust and the Evil Other
Part VBeyond the Myths of World War II
CHAPTER 10New Ways of Thinking and Acting

CHAPTER 5The World War II Memoir
CHAPTER 6The World War II Novel
CHAPTER 7An Opportunity Lost
We Won World War II Largely on Our Own

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Wood Jr. is a poet and essayist. He is winner of the National Book Award for Arts and Letters.

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