A few more notes in the string.
I had listed one of our strengths as being economically the strongest nation in the world. I had used that as just one reason why we could win any war we choose to participate in but by no means did I intend to imply that economics alone can win a war. It was just meant as one indicator of our comparative power (then and now). The use of any and all tools is always the key.
RE: what Stephen wrote later in his post, the argument of many current diplomatic and military historians is that unconditional surrender was really about winning the peace in Japan and Germany. No more "stab in the back" myths that let weasely, dissembling militarists claim they were not defeated on the field of battle. But remember, Germany and Japan had a lot more in common with the United States culturally than Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
vr, John T. Kuehn
Regarding Stephen Kepher's comment, I had forgotten about Henry Morgenthau's "green and pleasant" plan for postwar Germany (and the fairly swift retreat from it when Stalin's intentions became obvious.) Still, isn't "green and pleasant" what everyone hopes for as a final outcome to all wars, even today?
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Dan Plesch. Human Rights after Hitler: The Lost History of Prosecuting Axis War Crimes. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2017. 272 pp. $29.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-62616-431-4.
Reviewed by Amy Carney (Penn State Behrend ) Published on H-War (February, 2019) Commissioned by Margaret Sankey (Air War College)
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Roberta Senechal de la Roche, ed. "Our Aim Was Man": Andrew's Sharpshooters in the American Civil War. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2016. 320 pp. $29.95 (paper), ISBN 978-1-62534-248-5.
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Matthew Kroenig. The Logic of American Nuclear Strategy: Why Strategic Superiority Matters. Bridging the Gap Series. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018. 280 pp. $29.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-19-084918-4.
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Brian D. Laslie. Architect of Air Power: General Laurence S. Kuter and the Birth of the US Air Force. American Warrior Series. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2017. Illustrations. 254 pp. $45.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-8131-6998-9.
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Quintin Barry. Disputed Victory: Schley, Sampson and the Spanish-American War of 1898. Solihull, UK: Helion and Company, 2018. 280 pp. $49.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-912174-91-1.
Reviewed by Jon Ault (Independent Scholar) Published on H-War (February, 2019) Commissioned by Margaret Sankey (Air War College)