The Myth of the Good War: America in the Second World War

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9780850365368: The Myth of the Good War: America in the Second World War

A fresh and provocative look at the role of the USA in World War II. - Historian Jacques Pauwels attacks the widely held belief that World War II was the "good war," the war in which America led the forces of democracy and freedom to victory over fascist dictatorship and Japanese militarism. - He argues that the role of the USA in World War II was determined not by idealism, but by the interests of America's corporations and by the country's social, economic, and political leaders. - He examines the American elites response to Fascism, and looks at how American companies' collaborated with Nazi Germany, at how Uncle Joe was presented as the next enemy, at why bombing Dresden was a warning to the Soviet Union, he explores ways reasons why anti-fascists were marginalized in post war Germany, why America did little to support De-Nazification but did support German business interests. - On the non-fiction bestseller lists in Belgium for four weeks when first published in 2000. Since then it has been translated into German, Spanish, French, and English.

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JACQUES R. PAUWELS is an independent scholar who has a special interest in 20th-century history. He has taught European history at the University of Toronto, York University, and the University of Waterloo. The first edition of this monumental work, published in 2000, has also been published in German, Spanish, and French, and has been on several national bestseller lists. This new edition has been revised and updated to incorporate new research on the war published since then.


"Pauwels' exposure of the dirty truths behind such historical tragedies as Dieppe, Hiroshima, and Peal Harbour will likely cause outrage, but his documentation is sound, his reasoning sharp." Quill & Quire "The Myth of the Good War is an accessible and well-written book... The reader feels immersed in a bath of refreshing ideas." De Morgen

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