This history of the causes, conduct and consequences of World War II aims beyond traditional military and diplomatic accounts to present the era in its broader context. Special emphasis is devoted to the United States and the impact of the war on American society. The role of women and Blacks in the labour force and armed services, industrial mobilization and propaganda, are just a few of the topics explored. An examination of the origins of the Cold War, the superpower arms race and the division of Europe sets out to show how World War II helped to shape the world in which we now live. The book is written for the general reader, and for use in courses of World War II and on recent American history.