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Why We Fight

WWII and the Art of Public Persuasion

This book is available for download with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device. Multi-touch books can be read with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device. Books with interactive features may work best on an iOS device. iBooks on your Mac requires OS X 10.9 or later.


Step back to the 1940s and experience the perspective of Americans responding to the Pearl Harbor attack and WWII. Americans were hungry for information, and Washington responded with a PR blitz to sell the war to the American public. Was it public persuasion or propaganda? Did it inform the public or manipulate them? Did it appeal to reason or emotions? Did it rely on facts or stereotypes? Step back in time and see how the American government coordinated a massive campaign to sell WWII to the US public. Immerse yourself in World War II era mass media - 43 historic posters, 13 rare films, plus numerous communiqués, photographs and recordings.

Videos including rarely-seen cartoons like "Herr Meets Hare" starring Bugs Bunny, government films “What To Do in a Gas Attack” and Hollywood wartime flicks like the "Spy Smasher" cliff hanger series. View naval deck logs detailing the attack on Pearl Harbor. Listen to FDR's "Day of Infamy" speech while you read his handwritten notes on the first draft of the speech. Listen to man-in-the-street interviews recorded the day after the Pearl Harbor attack. Swipe through an interactive timeline map detailing early Axis victories of the war. Use an interactive guide to interpret over 40 wartime posters.

Why We Fight is an enhanced, multi-touch book written by Peter Pappas, a well-known teacher, instructional designer and educational blogger.

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Customer Reviews

Fantastic Compilation, Probing Questions

This excellent interactive book is filled with incredible primary sources from the World War II era. From photographs to audio interviews to government-sponsored short films, readers will interact with the material in ways that will help them get a deeper understanding of the influence of media on the public's perception of the war. What I love most about this book are the insightful probing questions in each section - without leading the reader to a particular conclusion, the questions push hard to uncover truths about the American experience few of us consider. This would be a great book to use in middle or high school history courses.

Top-notch historical inquiry

Through his blog and workshops, Peter Pappas has inspired teachers like me to engage with young people in primary source-based historical inquiry. Here, he has thoughtfully selected and arranged a set of multi-media sources and thoughtful original narrative around provocative questions. This leaves me excited for the future of iBooks in the history classroom.

Brings iBooks To A New Level

Peter has done an amazing job with this book. Wow. Students and adults will love the amazing images, videos and interactive features. Peter has raised the bar for books to come. This book is top notch and one of the best I've seen in the bookstore. Keep up the great work. I can't wait to share this book with everyone I know.

Why We Fight
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  • Free
  • Available on iPad, iPhone and Mac.
  • Category: United States
  • Published: Nov 13, 2014
  • Publisher: Edteck Designs for Learning, Inc
  • Seller: Edteck Designs for Learning, Inc
  • Print Length: 50 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Version: 1.2
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iPad with iBooks 2 or later and iOS 5 or later, or an iPhone with iOS 8.4 or later, or a Mac with OS X 10.9 or later.

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