Lots of books examine the military history of World War II. In this
new book, Burt Folsom and Anita Folsom, authors of New Deal or
Raw Deal?, look at some of the domestic aspects of the war.
Taxes and spending soared — along with government propaganda
for taxes — laying the groundwork for a permanently larger
government. History books tell us the war ended the Depression. But
the food rations, nonexistent luxuries, crippling taxes, labor
strikes, and dangerous work of the time tell a different story
— hardly the stuff of recovery. Indeed, the war ushered in a
new level of power in the executive branch. Roosevelt seized
private property, conducted illegal wiretaps, tried to silence
domestic opposition, and interned 110,000 Japanese Americans.