America at War

America at War

America at War

America at War

Excerpt

America at War is born out of the desire to put the geographical point of view on the war--seen from the American angle--before the public. Modern geography has gone far beyond the stage of telling facts and giving descriptions. It tries to explain the life and actions of man in his physical and social environment. This means not only the life of the individual but also the life of groups of men, culminating in the interpretation of the state itself.

In this book a study is made of the various geographical influences upon America at war. Although examples often had to be taken from other parts of the world, the United States remained the central theme. The character of the American and his place in civilization forms the first unit. Then follows as the second unit the influence of the physical environment of terrain and climate, as it affects our life and the war we fight. After that comes the problem of nutrition and a survey of our industrial assets and liabilities. Trade and transportation logically complete this third--the economic--unit. The fourth unit covers our zone of defense in the Atlantic and the Pacific, and the task of keeping the enemy away from our shore, as well as of attacking him. The last unit discusses the geographical approach to the peace to come based on the principle of avoiding, if possible, a repetition of this world conflict.

I am grateful to my colleagues who made the book possible. They were selected because they were specialists in the various branches of geography represented in this book, which together blend into a complete picture.

The writing had to be done under the ever-increasing burden of war work. Some changes had to be made in the work plan but generally the book was completed as originally outlined. May it . . .

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