December 3, 2014—Ted Grimsrud
Cascade Books has just published my book, The Good War That Wasn’t—And Why It Matters: World War II’s Moral Legacy. Here is the home page for the book on my website, with links to other sites where it can be previewed and purchased.
This book is, in essence, a pacifist’s attempt to answer the question, “what about Hitler?” or “what about World War II?” using the moral reasoning of the just war tradition and common American values.
How the book is unique, as far as I know, is that it not only interrogates the War itself, it also traces the impact of the War on American national security policy in the generations since—as well as looking closely as the story of the war opponents and their legacy.
Another distinctive aspect of the book is that in looking at the war opponents and their legacy, it not only looks at the political activists who went on to provide important energy for the civil rights, anti-nuclear, and anti-Vietnam War movements, but it gives equal billing to the “servanthood” approach that was energized by the War to provide relief and development assistance around the world.
One of my dreams is that this book would be read respectfully by at least a few non-pacifists. I am curious how such a reader would respond to its argument.