An air pilot named Yossarian and his squadron navigate life in the army during World War II. Despite their attempts to stay alive, the army’s “Catch 22” rule continues to put them in danger.
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The informational text “Introduction to World War II” discusses the causes of World War II, as well as its progression and conclusion.
In Mark Twain's "The War Prayer," a stranger visits a congregation praying for victory in war. In front of the entire congregation, this stranger outlines the cost on human life that this victory would entail. "The War Prayer" is Twain's scathing indictment on war and blind patriotism.
“How American Industry Won World War II,” offers insight into a lesser-known facet of the Allies’ victory in the second World War: the supremely important role played by American industry.
In May 1962, General Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964) delivered this address to cadets at West point. A five-star general, MacArthur played a prominent role in the Pacific theater campaign during World War II, and from 1919-1922 served as the Superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Born and raised in Iraq, Dunya Mikhail (1965—) has written much about the wars she lived through in her home country, until she was forced to flee the country in 1996 after threats and harrassment from the government. This satirical poem praises the diligence of war and its effects, from "provid[ing] food for flies" to "invigorat[ing] the coffin makers."