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Title: Wartime: Understanding and Behavior in the Second World War.
Description: Oxford University Press, New York, 1989.. 330 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0195037979 B&w photographs. "(H)ere Fussell examines the immediate impact of the war on common soldiers and civilians. He describes the psychological and emotional atmosphere of World War II. He analyzes the wishful thinking and the euphemisms people needed to deal with unacceptable reality (the early belief, for instance, that the war could be won with 'precision bombing', that is, by long distance); he describes the ab n o r m a l l y intense frustration of desire and some of the means by which desire was satisfied; and, most important, he emphasizes the damage the war did to intellect, discrimination, honesty, individuality, complexity, ambiguity and wit. Of cou rs e, n o Fu ss el l book would be complete without some serious discussion of the literature of the time. He examines, for instance, how the great privations of wartime (when oranges would be raffled off as valued prizes) resulted in roccoco pros e s tyl es th at dwe lt longingly on lavish dinners, and how the 'high-mindedness' of the era and the almost pathological need to 'accentuate the positive' invited the downfall of the acerbic H.L. Mencken and the ascent of E.B. White." Light wrinkl ing at b ott om of spin e. Dust jacket has been price-clipped, has very light edge wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, very light rubbing, minor dint on rear hinge. Near Fine/Very Good+.

Keywords: Psychology, Psychological Aspects, Propaganda, United States, Great Britain, Soldiers, Morale, Precision Bombing, Discrimination, Literature.

Price: US$ 15.00 Seller: Capricorn Books
- Book number: 24222

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