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A Democracy at War

A Democracy at War

America’s Fight at Home and Abroad in World War II

William L. O'Neill

ISBN 9780674197374

Publication date: 07/21/1998

As America fought to defend democracy in Europe and Asia during World War II, its own democratic politics both aided and impeded the war effort at home and the military campaigns abroad. Now, in a broad-ranging social, political, military, and diplomatic history, William O’Neill reveals how the United States won its victory despite its reluctance to enter the war, and despite proceeding by costly half-measures even after committing to battle.


  • A grand and sensitive synthesis of what the war meant to an entire generation and of how unity, valor, and victory came only after a period of profound unpreparedness, confusion, and reluctance. O’Neill writes with vivid clarity.

    —Douglas Brinkley, Houston Chronicle


  • William L. O’Neill was Professor of History, Rutgers University.

Book Details

  • 512 pages
  • 6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches
  • Harvard University Press