The War at Home (American War Library)

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Discusses the impact of World War II on life in the United States, including preparations for the war, civil defense, the changing work force, family life, and the end of the war

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Gr 7 Up-These well-written titles look at interesting aspects of World War II. Kallen presents a readable account of how the fighting overseas affected daily life in America. He does a good job of looking at families, women's changing roles, air-raid drills and bomb shelters, the draft and conscientious objectors, the importance of propaganda and the influence of Hollywood, war bonds, and the inconvenience of rationing. A mother's first-person description of learning of her son's death is especially poignant, and the affect of the war on race relations is handled well, as is a discussion of life after peace. Rice notes that although almost 3000 airmen gave up their lives in honor of the Emperor, their efforts were not enough to defeat the Americans in the latter days of the war. The ancient philosophies, training, and strategies behind the Kamikazes are explained here in great detail using direct quotes, descriptions of planes and individual missions, and dramatic and helpful illustrations. The vast amount of information packed into this title may bog down less mature users, but the glossary is especially helpful. Both books are thoroughly researched, and have relevant sidebars, numerous archival photographs, and well-annotated bibliographies.-Andrew Medlar, Chicago Public Library, IL

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