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Was World War II really such a "good war"? Popular memory insists that it was, in fact, "the best war ever." After all, we knew who the enemy was, and we understood what we were fighting for. The war was good for the economy. It was liberating for women. A battle of tanks and airplanes, it was a "cleaner" war than World War I. Although we did not seek the conflict―or so we believed―Americans nevertheless rallied in support of the war effort, and the nation’s soldiers, all twelve million of them, were proud to fight. But according to historian Michael C. C. Adams, our memory of the war era as a golden age is distorted. It has left us with a misleading―even dangerous―legacy, one enhanced by the nostalgia-tinged retrospectives of Stephen E. Ambrose and Tom Brokaw. Disputing many of our common assumptions about the period, Adams argues in The Best War Ever that our celebratory experience of World War II is marred by darker and more sordid realities.

In the book, originally published in 1994, Adams challenges stereotypes to present a view of World War II that avoids the simplistic extremes of both glorification and vilification. The Best War Ever charts the complex diplomatic problems of the 1930s and reveals the realities of ground combat: no moral triumph, it was in truth a brutal slog across a blasted landscape. Adams also exposes the myth that the home front was fully united behind the war effort, demonstrating how class, race, gender, and age divisions split Americans. Meanwhile, in Europe and Asia, shell-shocked soldiers grappled with emotional and physical trauma, rigorously enforced segregation, and rampant venereal disease.

In preparing this must-read new edition, Adams has consulted some seventy additional sources on topics as varied as the origins of Social Security and a national health system, the Allied strategic bombing campaign, and the relationship of traumatic brain injuries to the adjustment problems of veterans. The revised book also incorporates substantial developments that have occurred in our understanding of the course and character of the war, particularly in terms of the human consequences of fighting. In a new chapter, "The Life Cycle of a Myth," Adams charts image-making about the war from its inception to the present. He contrasts it with modern-day rhetoric surrounding the War on Terror, while analyzing the real-world consequences that result from distorting the past, including the dangerous idea that only through (perpetual) military conflict can we achieve lasting peace.

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Dr. Adam Cassidy knew two things: life isn’t easy and fate’s a bitch.

Adam's last mission cost him an eye, his memory, and any chance of staying with his military brothers-in-arms on Guardian's Alpha Team.

After two years he'd scraped together the remnants of his life. He’d refined, rebuilt and pushed on alone. Yet at night, when sleep eluded him, the fleeting memory of a warm, welcome press of soft skin and the distant memory of a faceless, nameless woman haunted him.

Keelee Marshall knew all about loss. The man she loved beyond reason had disappeared on the battlefields of Afghanistan even though he now lived three buildings over...on the same ranch. She couldn't forget their brief nights of passion—but Adam had. Keelee would have to fight for Adam's love, because he was hell-bent on pushing her into the arms of a man she didn’t want and a future devoid of the one thing she needed most. Adam.

For Adam and Keelee a life together may never happen, unless love can trump the cards fate has dealt. She'd go all in, but only if the man holding the cards was her Guardian.

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  • Michael D. Adams

    03/22/17 ,via Lewiston Sun Journal

    Michael was born in Lewiston to Muriel Aube and Earle Adams on Oct. 31, 1947. He graduated from Thomas College in Waterville. He was self-employed as a CPA for 34 years. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War serving in the U.S. Navy. Michael is 

  • Panthers sign Mike Adams

    03/10/17 ,via

    The Panthers eventually brought in veteran Michael Griffin, in part to free up Coleman to take more snaps at free safety where he had so much success in 2015. Adams, a natural strong safety, can provide more opportunities for Coleman at the free safety


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    vanilla extract, apple, baking powder, cinnamon, powdered sugar, eggs, flour, orange juice, sugar, salt, vegetable oil

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  • Adam Schiff: Devin Nunes Attempting To Choke Off Public Information Into Trump’s Ties To Russia

    03/25/17 ,via

    Today, Adam Schiff tweeted that the Chairman’s cancellation of ... to make room for a closed-door briefing with FBI Director James Comey and NSA head Michael Rogers — not because Monday’s open hearing with those officials was potentially politically ...

  • Ding, Giri Lead In Shenzen, Where Bishops Rule

    03/25/17 ,via

    The other participants are GMs Michael Adams, Peter Svidler, Pentala Harikrishna, and Yu Yangyi. A new and strong tournament has appeared on the calendar, and it's taking place in China. The Shenzen Masters is a six-player, double round robin held in ...

  • Adam Savage on his live science show, cosplay, and ‘promoting the joy in making things’

    03/25/17 ,via The Verge

    “You guys have to check this out,” MythBusters veteran Adam Savage says to a small group of assembled crew members for his traveling show, Brain Candy Live! Along with Michael Stevens (host of the YouTube channel Vsauce), Savage has been touring the ...


The chess games of Michael Adams

Chess games of Michael Adams, career statistics, most famous victories, chess opening analysis, PGN download, discussion forums, and more.


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Michael Adams (chess player) - Wikipedia

Michael Adams (born 17 November 1971) is an English chess Grandmaster (1989). His highest ranking is world No. 4, achieved several times from October 2000 to October ...

Michael Adams - Wikipedia

Michael Adams may refer to: Johann Friedrich Adam (1780–1838), Russian botanist, later called Michael Friedrich Adams; Michael Adams (politician) (1845–1899 ...

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Michael Adams confirms his invitation for the 4th London Chess Classic ...

Michael Adams confirms his invitation for the 4th London Chess Classic ...

For more than three decades, Michael Adams, now President Emeritus at ...

For more than three decades, Michael Adams, now President Emeritus at ...