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Excessively Negative Views Of America And World War Ii In Adams' The Best War Ever

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World War Two really was the greatest war ever! Who could forget about the brave soldiers that died ever so gloriously? What about the way that we went from the worst economy in American history back to relative economic normality? And most importantly, how could anyone ever forget about the unity that arose on the home front from this foreign crisis? World War Two did have its glamorous points, but we must never forget about some of the horrors that emerged. The citizens of the United States of America have a distorted memory of the war and this has led them to a misleading legacy. The negatives of this long and deadly war are often overlooked for the sake of military glory and pride. In the book The Best War Ever by professor Michael C.C. Adams, Adams attempts to shed light on these evils to his audience in order to be provocative. His objective is to make readers question their prejudgment that World War Two really was so wondrous and phenomenal and to show the negative and harmful aspects of the war in a greater light. Although most Americans are nostalgic of this war, they must not veer away from understanding all that goes into a war. That being said, Adams takes this to a whole new level. He exaggerates the evils and tends to look past some of the positive endeavors that took place. Adams’s book offers primarily correct information, however, it is overly negative in order to create an audience that questions and contradicts the popular belief of utter glory and success.
Adams argues that Americans have an intriguing way on which they view certain aspects of history; people tend to often only remember the good and to evade the bad. “To make World War Two into the best war ever, we must leave out the area bombings and other questionable aspects while exaggerating the good things” (Adams 7). Although this may be true, it is overdramatized and cyclical throughout the entire book. Adams tends to only mention the negatives and leave out all of the great successes that are achieved through this strenuous and onerous war. Adams is overly negative throughout the entire book because he realizes that people already know the positives of the war, and it is his duty to elucidate the detrimental facets. One of the major accomplishments of World War Two was the induction of many more women into the workplace....

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