chapter  5
The Ascension of False Princes: How Pinocchio is Besieged, Embattled, Displaced, and Cast Down; Remembered in Exile by Only a Few, 1940–2000
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The rest of our story, alas, is closer to us, more familiar, and less triumphal. The United States was abruptly thrust into open engagement with World War II by the bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941, and out of World War II when it was ended abruptly and unexpectedly, in the eyes of the American public, by an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, followed by a second bomb on Nagasaki, in August 1945. Publishing activity during those intense four years slowed down, of course, giving first priority to what was needed by the national war effort.