This Is Not Who We Are
America’s Struggle Between Vengeance and Virtue
by Zachary Shore
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Pub Date 19 Jan 2023 | Archive Date 05 Jan 2023
What kind of country is America? Zachary Shore tackles this polarizing question by spotlighting some of the most morally muddled matters of WWII. Should Japanese Americans be moved from the west coast to prevent sabotage? Should the German people be made to starve as punishment for launching the war? Should America drop atomic bombs to break Japan's will to fight? Surprisingly, despite wartime anger, most Americans and key officials favored mercy over revenge, yet a minority managed to push their punitive policies through. After the war, by feeding the hungry, rebuilding Western Europe and Japan, and airlifting supplies to a blockaded Berlin, America strove to restore the country's humanity, transforming its image in the eyes of the world. A compelling story of the struggle over racism and revenge, This Is Not Who We Are asks crucial questions about the nation's most agonizing divides.
'In this elegantly narrated tale, Zachary Shore weaves together a rich tapestry of heroes and villains, some of whom often switch roles. That alone would make for fascinating reading, but the surprises that Shore reveals do more than entertain. They spotlight the moral quandaries that plagued Americans as their wartime thirst for vengeance wrestled with their loftier ideals.' Adam Hochschild, author of To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918
'As America emerges from the traumas of recent years, it will be important to restore confidence in our common identity and strengthen our social fabric. Zachary Shore's This Is Not Who We Are has arrived just in time to foster thoughtful introspection and meaningful discussion of how our past can help us to understand the present and build a better future.' H. R. McMaster, former US National Security Advisor and author of Battlegrounds and Dereliction of Duty
'Zachary Shore is a historian of great humanity and insight, and a gifted writer. He brings all these qualities to this penetrating yet sensitive analysis of the moral dilemmas Americans faced in first perpetrating, and then later confronting, acknowledging and atoning for heinous acts during World War II. Shore’s detailed recounting of the complexities and drivers of wartime decisions and events provides the frame for a deeper examination of our country’s ongoing struggle to live up to its ideals and aspirations.' Fiona Hill, former Deputy Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Europe and Russia