Commentator's note / by Robert Johnston -- pt. 1. Before Pearl Harbor -- In the name of national security -- The great debate -- "The good war" -- Commentary / by Robert Johnston -- pt. 2. To "create a will to win" -- "It's everybody's job" -- A matter of private obligations -- Gendered patriots -- Commentary / by Robert Johnston -- pt. 3. Experiences of war -- "Their world can never be known to you" -- Writing home : intimate conversations about war -- Identities -- Commentary / by Robert Johnston -- Conclusion -- Afterword / by Robert Johnston.
Counsels writers on how to think and write in the persuasive style, in an introduction to historical analysis that includes essays on America's involvement in World War II and critical assessments of the essays' writing process.