Like its predecessor published in 1986, this second edition of Home Front U.S.A. draws both on secondary literature and primary research, but this work also uses a wide range of new accounts that have appeared in the last 15 years.
In writing the first edition, I benefited from the influence of John Morton Blum, my adviser in graduate school, who first introduced me to World War II as he was writing a book about it and encouraged me—and others—to write about it too. I have been interested in the war ever since. Perhaps even more important, he showed me how history could and should be written. At the same time, I appreciated the perceptive criticisms of Richard Polenberg and James T. Patterson, who commented extensively on an early draft of that first edition.
In preparing this edition, as the last one, I am indebted to John W. Jeffries, a fellow student in that first seminar I took with John Blum and a friend ever since. His work has been particularly useful to me in the revision process. I also appreciate continuing conversations with Roger Daniels, a colleague and friend who works nearby, about the war and about the process of writing history in general. Finally, I want to thank my father, Henry R. Winkler, to whom this edition, like the first, is dedicated. He was overseas fighting in World War II when I was born and did not return home until I was a year and a half old. In the years since then, I am grateful for both his professional example and his personal support.