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Why We Fought
Forging American Obligations in World War II
Author: Robert B. Westbrook
ISBN 13: 9781588342959
ISBN 10: 1588342956
Paperback Price: $19.95

 

Unlike other depictions of the patriotic “greatest generation,” Westbrook argues that, strictly speaking, Americans in World War II were not instructed to fight, work, or die for their country—above all, they were moved by private obligations.

29 b&w illustrations  •  2004
6 x 9  •  208 pages

 

Paperback (9781588342959) and e-book (9781588343703) formats available.

PRAISE FOR WHY WE FOUGHT:

“A deeply thoughtful and probing meditation on the cultural undercurrents that united Americans in the war against Fascism. Unafraid to challenge historical assumptions about the Second World War, Why We Fought is a truly essential new interpretive work. Read it!”—Douglas Brinkley, director of the Eisenhower Center for American Studies

“Robert Westbrook's Why We Fought is a brilliant, sustained reflection on the conflict between liberal society and state power in the age of total war. Westbrook imaginatively connects high and popular culture to illuminate the complex moral significance of a war too easily shrouded in sentiment. With sensitivity and insight, he raises issues at the heart of contemporary public debate.”—T. J. Jackson Lears, Board of Governors professor of history at Rutgers University

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