Worshipping the Myths of World War II: Reflections on Americas Dedication to War

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Synopsis: 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.

2007 Outstanding Academic Title selection from Choice Magazine

From the Publisher: Examines how American world leadership is badly served by widespread misunderstanding of the nature of war in general and of World War II in particular

Bestselling author Paul Fussell on Wood's first book, On Being Wounded: "An intelligent memoir, about one person to be sure, but also a moral and psychological history of the past half century in America. Sensitive and intense, this book resonates with intelligent disillusion. I hope it has many readers."

Bestselling Zinn on the author's second book, Beyond the Weapons of Our Fathers: "A poignant search for a world beyond violence, a quest for tenderness and compassion in one's own life. It is widely read, it could have a profound effect on how people behave in this new millennium."

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