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The Myth of World War II
Michael C. C. Adams’ book, The Best War Ever: America and World War II, attempts to dispel the numerous misconceptions of the Second World War. As the title suggests, Americans came out of the war with a positive view of the preceding five turbulent years. This myth was born from several factors. Due to the overseas setting of both theaters of the war, intense government propaganda, Hollywood’s glamorization, and widespread economic prosperity, Americans were largely sheltered form the brutal truth of World War II.
Even to this day, the generation of World War II is viewed as being superior in morality and unity. The popular illusion held that “there were no ethnic or gender problems, families were happy and united, and children worked hard in school and read a great number of books.” (115) It was a golden era when all Americans set aside their differences and united for a common cause which everyone put above all other priorities. T...