President Franklin Roosevelt responded to the wholesale burning of so- called offensive books in Nazi Germany by encouraging Americans to use books, and the knowledge they contained, as weapons in the war of ideas. With millions of U.S. servicemen deployed around the globe in World War II, a group of patriotic citizens and literary industry organizations came together to put books from both well-known and fledgling authors in the hands of these servicemen, who were desperate to fill the idle hours they endured from foxhole to fleet unit.
Jackson, John E.
"Reflections on Reading,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 69
, Article 20.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol69/iss1/20