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Denise Toledo The Best War Ever Bowen/Kent Spring 2011 C. C. Adams’ The Best War Ever takes the reader into the lives of World War II veterans while also allowing the reader to see the civilian perspective as well. The two views are enormously contrasting and Adams works to explain why this is so. Veterans of the war are, still to this day, scarred from the horrific events and conditions of the war. Yet, Americans still view World War II as magnificent and positive in most aspects. This can be attributed to propaganda. Propaganda itself made the war more bearable to Americans, allowing for great success. It is a necessary evil and the war would not have been such a grand victory, nor remembered as so, without it. As always, the media played a large role in World War II. Movies, television, newspapers, books and any other type of war related material was scrutinized before it could reach the general public. The actual conditions of the war, deaths, bombings, and any other gory or unpleasant details were kept from the public in order to gain support for the war. Because of this, most people believed that going to war was a walk in the park. The movies and television shows did not help either. Motion pictures depicted soldiers as heroes and glorified the war as if there were no negatives. “You only see an antiseptic, clean, neat way to die gloriously” (Adams, 100). Instead of depending upon the CPI as in World War I, propaganda in World War II came in the form of advertisements. “…they showed gung ho troops cheerfully using new products to kill the enemy or relaxing with a Coke after the adventure of a bombing run” (Adams, 74). In order to gain support of the public, the war had to be seen as more of a positive entity as opposed to a gory horror film. Posters and advertisements did not only sell the war however, it also
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convinced civilians to join the work force to build machinery to be used by the soldiers. Such posters boast “You are a Production Soldier : America’s first line of defense” (Adams, 74). These advertisements were posted everywhere relaying a pro-war message. Americans in the World War II era were increasingly becoming more avid moviegoers,
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This note was uploaded on 04/27/2011 for the course AMH 2020 taught by Professor Bowen during the Spring '08 term at University of Florida.

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