The United States and the Second World War: New Perspectives on Diplomacy, War, and the Home Front


In this compelling book, G. Kurt Piehler and Sidney Pash bring together a collection of essays offering a fresh examination of American participation in the Second World War, including a long-overdue reconsideration of such seminal topics as the forces leading the United States to enter World War II, the role of the American military in the Allied victory, and wartime planning for the postwar world. The essays also tackle new inquiries into life on the home front and America's commemoration of one of the most controversial and climactic events of the war - the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. These outstanding historians cover crucial moments such as:
• Franklin D. Roosevelt's pivotal, if at times indecisive, role in leading the United States
• The miscalculation of Japanese intentions by American diplomats and the failure of deterrence in preventing war in the Pacific
• The experiences and contributions of conscientious objectors to American society in this time of total war
• The decision of the United States to fight with an ineffective battle tank at the expense of American lives With these essays and much more, The United States and the Second World War is sure to prove a classic to World War II buffs.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Sidney Pash
  • J. Garry Clifford
  • Robert H. Ferrell
  • Justin Hart
  • Ann Pfau
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 2010


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