The United States and the Second World War: New Perspectives on Diplomacy, War, and the Home Front by G. Kurt PiehlerThe United States and the Second World War: New Perspectives on Diplomacy, War, and the Home Front by G. Kurt Piehler

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

EditorG. Kurt Piehler, Sidney Pash

Hardcover | September 4, 2010

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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 war-time planning for the postwar world, but also tackle new inquiries into life on the home front and America's commemoration of one of the most controversial and climatic events of the war-the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima.

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 war-time planning for the postwar world, but also tackle new inquiries into life on the home front and America's commemoration of one of the most controversial and climatic 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
The Coast Guard's contribution to the D-Day Landing
How elite foreign policy organizations prior to V-J Day sought to influence American occupation policies regarding Japan

With these essays and much more, The United States in the Second World War is sure to prove a classic to World War II buffs.

G. Kurt Piehler is Associate Professor of History at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Piehler is author and editor of books on military history. Sidney Pash is Assistant Professor in the Department of Government and History, Fayetteville (North Carolina) State University and writes on American diplomatic history.
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Title:The United States and the Second World War: New Perspectives on Diplomacy, War, and the Home FrontFormat:HardcoverDimensions:356 pagesPublished:September 4, 2010Publisher:Fordham University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0823231208

ISBN - 13:9780823231201

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Table of Contents

PrefaceSidney Pash: Introduction1. J. Garry Clifford and Robert H. Ferrell: Roosevelt at the Rubicon: The Great Convoy Debate of 19412. Sidney Pash: Containment, Rollback, and the Onset of the Pacific War, 1933-19413. Justin Hart: "In Terms of Peoples Rather Than Nations": World War II Propaganda and Conceptions of U.S. Foreign Policy4. Ann Pfau: Allotment Annies and Other Wayward Wives: Wartime Concerns About Female Disloyalty and the Problem of the Returned Veteran5. Nicholas D. Molnar: General George S. Patton and the War-Winning Sherman Tank Myth6. Barbara Brooks Tomblin: Naval Gunfire Support in Operation Neptune: A Reexamination7. G. Kurt Piehler: Veterans Tell Their Stories and Why Historians and Others Listened8. Mark A. Snell: Semper Paratus: The U.S. Coast Guard's Flotilla 10 at Omaha Beach9. Scott H. Bennett: American Pacifism, the "Greatest Generation," and World War II10. Yutaka Sasaki: Foreign Policy Experts as Service Intellectuals: The American Institute of Pacific Relations, the Council on Foreign Relations, and Planning the Occupation of Japan During World War II11. Rieko Asai: Hiroshima and the U.S. Peace Movement: Commemoration of August 6, 1948-1960List of ContributorsIndex

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One of the major strengths of the book lies in its reexamination of well-worn topics. . . The book offers snippets of topics one might not get without reading a specializes book on a very narrow aspect of the war.