Step back to the 1940s and experience the perspective of Americans responding to the Pearl Harbor attack and WWII. Americans were hungry for information, and Washington responded with a PR blitz to sell the war to the American public. Was it public persuasion or propaganda? Did it inform the public or manipulate them? Did it appeal to reason or emotions? Did it rely on facts or stereotypes?
Step back in time and see how the American government coordinated a massive campaign to sell WWII to the US public. Immerse yourself in World War II era mass media - 43 historic posters, 13 rare films, plus numerous communiqués, photographs and recordings.
Videos including rarely-seen cartoons like "Herr Meets Hare" starring Bugs Bunny, government films “What To Do in a Gas Attack” and Hollywood wartime flicks like the "Spy Smasher" cliff hanger series. View naval deck logs detailing the attack on Pearl Harbor. Listen to FDR's "Day of Infamy" speech while you read his handwritten notes on the first draft of the speech. Listen to man-in-the-street interviews recorded the day after the Pearl Harbor attack. Swipe through an interactive timeline map detailing early Axis victories of the war. Use an interactive guide to interpret over 40 wartime posters.
Why We Fight is an enhanced, multi-touch book written by Peter Pappas, a well-known teacher, instructional designer and educational blogger.
Finally! Historical Thinking and Technology Hand in Hand...
As a teacher, department chair and active historian I cannot say enough about the product Mr. Pappas has put together here. Having used the iPad personally for several years I was dismayed that the dearth of realistic applications it offered in an active, rigorous history classroom. Most options available fall into the quiz, geography, maps, etc category, which are fine, but do not encourage depper thinking or the skills of historical analysis that historians employ on a daily basis. "Why We Fight" employs enagaging yet complex primary sources and challenges students to make interpretations, often enabling diverse opinions to develop within the classroom. This iBook is a wonderful addition to a history teacher's toolkit and makes me far more optimistic as to the future prospects of devices such as the iPad in the classroom.
Terrific Model to Follow
The other reviewers point out the many reasons why this book can be so helpful for our students. I want to point out what a great model the book is for educators to use in their own iBook creation efforts. As teachers we so often struggle with textbooks provided by publishers that are not individualized for the specific topical and learning needs of our students. Peter demonstrates through his use of primary source materials, media and guiding questions that we, too, can be authors. Peter's excellent design and formatting techniques also provide nice guidelines for teacher publishers to follow.
This is an impressive work that I am looking forward to using when I teach the Second World War. The choice of images and the thoughtful way teachers and students are guided through interfacing with the content will no doubt make it an effective teaching tool. Well done Mr. Pappas.