Why are so many wonderful books, series, and films inspired by World War II? 

I think it’s partly because there was so little gray area. If you were fighting on the side of the allies, and most of the titles I’m referring to come out of the U.S. and the U.K., you were battling a clear and present danger (apologies to Tom Clancy, but the words are apt). There was a definitive line between right (freedom, self-defense) and wrong (fascism, genocide). There were literally good guys and bad.

Another reason is that, unlike many recent conflicts, there was a concerted war effort that virtually all were a part of. Victory gardens, war bonds, keeping the home fires burning . . .  nearly every family did its part, because nearly everyone had a father, brother, or son fighting. This makes World War II a rich canvas for stories. 


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