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This Is Not Who We Are

This Is Not Who We Are

America's Struggle Between Vengeance and Virtue

by Zachary Shore
Hardback
Publication Date: 19/01/2023

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What kind of country is America? Zachary Shore tackles this polarizing question by spotlighting some of the most morally muddled matters of WWII.

Should Japanese Americans be moved from the west coast to prevent sabotage? Should the German people be made to starve as punishment for launching WWII? Should America drop atomic bombs to break Japan's will to fight? Surprisingly, despite wartime anger, most Americans and key officials favored mercy over revenge, yet a minority managed to push their punitive policies through.

After the war, by feeding the hungry, rebuilding Western Europe and Japan, and airlifting supplies to a blockaded Berlin, America strove to restore the country's humanity, transforming its image in the eyes of the world. A compelling story of the struggle over racism and revenge, This Is Not Who We Are asks crucial questions about the nation's most agonizing divides.

ISBN:
9781009203449
9781009203449
Category:
Social & cultural history
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
19-01-2023
Language:
English
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Country of origin:
United States
Pages:
333
Dimensions (mm):
235x158x24mm
Zachary Shore

Zachary Shore is Professor of History at the Naval Postgraduate School, Senior Fellow at UC Berkeley's Institute of European Studies, and a National Security Visiting Fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution. He is the author of five previous books, including Blunder: Why Smart People Make Bad Decisions and A Sense of the Enemy: The High-Stakes History of Reading Your Rival's Mind.

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