1. America First Commitee: The War Against World War II
by Phoebe Wang
...g.”1 Unfounded accusations by interventionists did not sway the American public, the majority of which answered with a resounding “no” to involvement in World War II. Background information on the committee and its members gives readers a chance to glance at the inner workings of the once 800,000-strong America First Committee. This book serves as an account of the AFC’s actions as well as hard proof that America First was fully and completely behind the United States and...

2. Causes/Steps of the U.S going to War: Two's Roots Within One's
by Jonathan Yun
...l, but also foreign and domestic affairs shifted its foreign policy around to mold America for the benefit of the future. Offner roots out the changes in American foreign policy leading to American intervention and patience in compromising before an unavoidable second world war, as it “was an outgrowth of the junction of European and Asian developments in a fashion that was not entirely foreseen, and to a surprising extent not entirely controlled, by those who brought about the apocalyptic...


3. Pearl Harbor: A Nation Prepares for Battle
by Kenneth Jang
...ese air strikes. Only when the Imperial Fleet depleted its munitions did it fall back from the bombardment. The surprise attack by the Japanese not only shocked the United States, but it also provided a shameful source of relief. Franklin D. Roosevelt no longer needed to hide in the shadows of the raging, second World War and could finally gain support for taking part in the conflict. The strike resolved almost all of the anti-war and peace keeping feelings of many in the United States. Being un...

4. FDR: The War Years: The War Withing the War
by Carol Sun
...icies, which pushed norms in order to help society during the Great Depression, to his leadership during the Second World War, such as his famous fireside chats, Roosevelt displayed himself as an ingenious man concerned for the common good. A hero to many, this man holds a magnificent and immaculate reputation - except in Thomas Fleming's account of the Roosevelt administration during WWII. In The New Dealers' War: Franklin D. Roosevelt and The War Within World War II, Fleming explores the most ...

5. Eleanor Roosevelt: 1940's: THe Power of the Home Front: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt
by Haley Juneman
...anor Roosevelt on the American home front during World War II. Goodwin illustrates the powerful relationship between Franklin and Eleanor and their ability to work flawlessly as a team to guide America through a dangerous and costly war. Time and time again, Eleanor and Franklin proved to be different from their predecessors, identifying earlier on their ability to transform the nation into the great democracy that our founding fathers dreamed of. The two leaned on each other for support- physic...

6. THe War in Europe: The Battle for the Survival of the Free World
by Joseph Chang
...echnology, spread of ideas, being more open to other races, and being less conservative. With the rise of extreme ideologies such as Fascism, Nazism, and Communism, countries like United States and Britain became the last beacon of hope for democracy.
The introduction questions if the war was started by the ambitions of Hitler, unfair conditions of Versailles treaty, or the challenge of the new order against the old. “The Paris Peace treaties blamed Germany for World War I, burdene...

7. D-Day/Eisenhower: War Years: Unified Command and Eisenhower
by Vinh Nguyen
...s efforts to make it great. The historical work, War by Land, Sea, and Air: Dwight Eisenhower and the Concept of Unified Command by David Jablonsky, targets Eisenhower’s involvement in the evolution of unified command in the military, where one commanding officer is in control of different organizations during one event. Jablonsky describes the extent Eisenhower gave to the idea and the effort that it took to work with it. From within the introduction, Jablonsky claims that Eisenhower was,...

8. The War in the Pacific: Let Sleeping Dogs Lie
by Andy Kim
...s the reader what conflicts, actions, factors of the war and the roots of conflicts. Gailey analyzes the battles and events, such as Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima, and Hiroshima by providing many facts with explaining and reasoning. Of the many theaters, “the Pacific held a unique place.”1
After “the Meiji Revolution, which utilized European political systems as a model in creating a government of shared powers,” Japan was introduced to western cultures and technologies.2...

9. American Spying in WWII: OSS Involvement in World War II
by Rishik Pillai
...llied Victory.”1 In Operatives, Spies, and Saboteurs, Patrick K. O’Donnell tells the stories of the many men and women who served in the OSS, or Office of Strategic Services, during World War II. By recounting the numerous missions of OSS involvement in the European theatre, O’Donnell manages to convey the importance of the act of espionage and the contribution of the OSS during World War II. While the significance of the OSS is questioned by many historians, the importance of ...

10. American P.O.Ws i the U.S: Lost in a Sea of Text
by Carin Hua
...t historians consider foreign prisoners of war to be a more significant issue, but rarely do they consider American prisoners of war as something worth discussing. “I wondered how many would take the time to research the information deeply enough to understand the sacrifices made by Filipino peoples as well as this small group of American soldiers on this spot.”2 Only in some history books do we see much information about Bataan and the death march, which both American and Filipino s...

11. Foreign P.O.Ws i the U.S: The Untold Story of German Internment
by Lui Suzuki
...r II, the program of Japanese-American internment is well known; however, what is not as well publicized is the administration of German-American interment and captivity of German prisoners of war. Throughout the United States during World War II, Germans were considered to be enemy aliens dangerous to the security of the nation and therefore, excluded from the rest of society in gulags spread across the country. In America’s Invisible Gulag, Stephen Fox elaborates on these “invisibl...

12. American War Crimes Trials
by Shafee Masud
...ive war in the Asia-Pacific region.”1 Throughout the book, Totani reveals the historical intricacies surrounding the trials by splitting the book into three main topics: Hirohito, the Emperor of Japan; analysis of the trial; and IMTFE justice Radhabinod Pal’s dissenting opinion. However Totani uses a great amount of detailed evidence throughout the book to support these three main ideas. Totani also displays her point of view, a completely different perspective of the Tokyo trials, a...

Technology and the War

13. American Technology and WWII: Not-so Secret weapons; America's Rise to Dominance Through the Use of European Technology
by Tim Park
...rcher, maintains his focus on the effects of technology on the Second World War as well as the effects of the Second World War on technology. World War II, an era of international and intranational conflict, served as a catalyst for the escalating arms and technology race. He also mentions the incorrect assumptions held by many regarding the great technological innovations of the Americans during the war, but he refutes these beliefs throughout the whole book, proving the Americans had been more...

14. The Manhattan Project: The Untold Story of the Manhattan Project: Now Revealed
by Jonathan Yun
... Project produced the first atomic bomb during World War II, which would later be dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It also proved to be a huge turning point in American history both technologically and politically. In Stephane Groueff’s book Manhattan Project: the Untold Story of the Making of the Atomic Bomb, Groueff includes personal accounts of people who were actually involved in the project, making for an interesting perspective on the journey to build the world’s first nuclea...

15. Medicine and the War: Pharamacy in the 1940's: The Unsung story of the true American Heroes
by Donald Nguyen
.... Worthen’s Pharmacy in World War II illustrated the drastic effects the life-changing war had on the medical field. Worthen covers several key issues such as education and pharmaceutical necessities as a result of the war. He primarily wishes to shed light on the subject of pharmacy, “[recognize] that pharmacists were an integral part of American Society,”2 and display how drastically time changed the profession from a timid drugstore to a fighting force in the war effort.

16. Computers and the War: From Encryption to Decryption
by Jeremey Hu
...role in Budiansky’s thesis about the importance of technology during World War II. Often times, people neglect the importance of wit in warfare as much as sheer military force; it is in these desperate times that crafting ideas and theories behind the nature of war is just as important as raw power. In Budiansky’s book, he highlights the wits and the thinking behind the crafting of technology in World War II. People often know about the famous battles that occurred during the war, bu...