Introduction.  Evaluating the Second World War: celebration, doubt, and complexity

Part One: Fomenting War

1.  A wide world of racisms

2. Causes of the Pacific War: a longer view on Pearl Harbor

3. Causes of the war in Europe: the paradoxical legacy of Munich

Part Two: Making War

4.  Bystanders: how much is not enough?

5.  Bombing civilian populations: a case of moral slippage

6.  Deep evil and deep good: the concept of human nature confronts the Holocaust

7.  Decisions at Midway, 1942: moral character as a factor in battle

8.  Tyranny triumphant: the moral awkwardness of the alliance with Stalin

9.  Kamikaze: wartime suicide attacks in anthropological perspective

10.  The decision to drop the atomic bomb: twelve questions

Part Three: Long-Term Consequences of the War

11.  Justice for the unspeakable?  The enduring legacy of the war crimes trials at Nuremberg and Tokyo

12. Generations under a shadow: the challenge of peace since Hiroshima

13. The politics of memory: remembering and un-remembering wartime