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Arthur Vandenberg: The Man in the Middle of the American Century
Hendrik Meijer
Progress: 74/448 pages
Harold Brown: Offsetting the Soviet Military Challenge 1977-1981
Edward C. Keefer, Erin R. Mahan
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The Paraguayan War, Volume 1: Causes and Early Conduct
Thomas L. Whigham
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Why We Fight: Congress and the Politics of World War II - Nancy Beck Young

Most books about the U.S. government in World War II focus on the executive branch, which is understandable given the president's role as commander-in-chief. By contrast, Nancy Beck Young addresses the role Congress played during the war, arguing that the legislation passed during this period was critical in both narrowing and preserving the New Deal legacy. In this respect, the battles over taxation and social justice helped set the parameters on these issues that successive Congresses would follow well into the 1970s, demonstrating a legacy far in excess of its overlooked reputation. Her arguments, and the evidence she marshals in support of them, make this a valuable book that should be read by anyone interested in modern American history.