Time Essay: W.W. II: Present and Much Accounted For

War, as Jonathan Swift put it, is that "mad game the world so loves to play." If the game is even madder these days because of the threat of nuclear annihilation, the world has learned to keep alive humanity's fascination with it by doing what both Homer and the Bible did so well: replaying the big wars at a safe distance. Almost 40 years after it began, just 34 years last week after it ended with the surrender of Japan, World War II, the biggest war in history, is thriving today with remarkable vigor...

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