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The deadly brotherhood : the American combat soldier in World War II
McManus, John C., 1965-
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Novato, CA : Presidio, [1998]

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xiv, 353 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
World of the combat soldier -- Combat soldier: who was he -- Food, equipment, and weapons -- Conditions: Europe -- Conditions: Pacific -- Fighting -- Becoming a casualty -- Soul of the combat soldier -- Attitudes toward the Japanese -- Attitudes toward the Germans -- Leadership factor -- Motivation, attitudes, and effects of combat -- Truth about replacements -- Deadly brotherhood.
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D769.2 .M36 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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In this book one of Europe's foremost sociologists offers a profound and accessible overview of the trajectory of European societies, East and West, since the end of World War II.

Combining theoretical depth with factual analysis, Gran Therborn addresses the questions that underpin an understanding of the nature of European modernity, including: To what extent is the period 1945-2000 producing fundamental change and what are the areas of continuity? Have the societies of Europe become more similar to others on the globe or more distinctively European? What are the prospects of Europe after decades of postwar change and the end of the Cold War?

Issues covered include the division of paid and unpaid labour,

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World War II is definitely in vogue with the American public. Possibly the appeal of that long-ago conflict is linked to the success of the current Hollywood epic Saving Private Ryan. Perhaps it is because the conflict is generally portrayed as the last "good war," a struggle between good and evil. Maybe it is because WW II is described as the last of its kind, a great war fought with conventional weapons. Whatever the reason, McManus's book is a timely study covering the travails, triumphs, terror, and tears of American combat forces (infantry, armored, airborne) in Europe and the Pacific. The citizen soldiers of the army and marines fought for country at first, then for survival in squads, platoons, and companies (the "brotherhood" of the title). Despite their lack of military experience, they proved equal to the task of achieving victory over Germany and Japan. McManus's book complements similar accounts, e.g., Stephen Ambrose's Band of Brothers (1992); Michael Doubler's Closing with the Enemy(CH, Jun'94); and Peter Schrijvers, The Crash of Ruin(CH Sep'98). Illustrations but no maps. All levels. C. L. Egan; University of Houston