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The Good War: An Oral History of World War II

The Good War: An Oral History of World War II - Studs Terkel this is a fairly legendary work, and I was pleasantly surprised to see German accounts and Japanese oral histories included in what the title would seem to suggest is part of that Brokaw agit-prop genre, 'Greatest Generation.' d'ya know statistical analyses has been carried out on WW2 combat medal citations and contemporary war medal citations and they show that people got WW2 medals for less important things than they do today? in other words, during WW2, you got a Medal of Honor if you merely stormed an enemy bunker; today, storming enemy bunkers will at most get you a Silver Star, if that much.

what this more or less shows is that 'Greatest Generation' agitprop courtesy Mr. Tom Brokaw has so affected our consciousness that people actually really do believe that the American WW2 Army was hungry for war, heroic in its combat prowess, and devastating in its character vis-a-vis future generations-- meaning, of course, us. this is of course a major problem in our consciousness-- we are forgetting that 60%+ of the US population did not wish to enter WW2 until Pearl Harbor, that the German American Bund held pro-Germany parades down Fifth Avenue in New York during the 1930s, and that opium was freely smoked in the U.S. until the 1950s.

everyone was getting high and sleeping around in the 1920s! it's true. FACT !