What the Greatest Generation had that the Covid generation lacks

From WWII to Covid-19, Americans have always been slow to make sacrifices, says historian Nicole Hemmer; she debunks as myth the nostalgia today for the Greatest Generation’s response to wartime privation. Americans are no more selfish in 2020 than they were in the 1940s, she contends; the difference between the two moments is about national leadership, not national character.