The War: An Intimate History, 1941-1945


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Author: Ward, Geoffrey C.

Color: Tan

Edition: Illustrated

Format: Illustrated

Number Of Pages: 480

EAN: 9780307262837

Release Date: 11-09-2007

Languages: English

Item Condition: UsedVeryGood

Binding: Hardcover

Details: Product Description The vivid voices that speak from these pages are not those of historians or scholars. They are the voices of ordinary men and women who experienced—and helped to win—the most devastating war in history, in which between 50 and 60 million lives were lost. Focusing on the citizens of four towns— Luverne, Minnesota; Sacramento, California; Waterbury, Connecticut; Mobile, Alabama;— The War follows more than forty people from 1941 to 1945. Woven largely from their memories, the compelling, unflinching narrative unfolds month by bloody month, with the outcome always in doubt. All the iconic events are here, from Pearl Harbor to the liberation of the concentration camps—but we also move among prisoners of war and Japanese American internees, defense workers and schoolchildren, and families who struggled simply to stay together while their men were shipped off to Europe, the Pacific, and North Africa. Enriched by maps and hundreds of photographs, including many never published before, this is an intimate, profoundly affecting chronicle of the war that shaped our world. From Publishers Weekly This lavishly illustrated companion to the September PBS documentary series reduces the American side of WWII to the local and personal. Documentarian Burns ( The Civil War) and historian Ward ( The Civil War: An Illustrated History) foreground the iconic experiences of ordinary people, including a young girl interned in a Japanese camp in the Philippines, marines in the thick of combat in the Pacific and a fighter pilot who exchanges letters with his sweetheart. Their stories are full of anxiety and exhilaration, terror and pathos. (Sample vignette: a GI casually tosses pebbles into the skull of a Japanese machine-gunner, still upright and wide-eyed after the top of his head has been shot off). The authors' portrait of the home front glows with nostalgia—war bonds, scrap-metal drives, USO dances—but they also note racial tensions at a Mobile, Ala., shipyard and the bitterness of Japanese-American soldiers whose families were interned. In the background, Roosevelt and Churchill confer, Patton struts and growls, and arrows march across maps as the authors deftly sketch major campaigns and battles and offer tart criticism of inept generals. This visually appealing coffee-table book gives little idea of how and why America won, but a strong sense of what it felt like on the way to victory. Photos. (Sept. 12) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. From Booklist This is the companion book to Burns' next documentary epic, scheduled to air on PBS in fall 2007. The book centers on four American towns––Sacramento, California; Mobile, Alabama; Luverne, Minnesota; and Watertown, Connecticut––and about 50 people from them who entered military service or war industries after Pearl Harbor. The authors explore these individuals' experiences as expressed in memoirs or contemporary letters and photographs. Some who survived the war are well known to the Word War II readership (Eugene Sledge, Paul Fussell, Daniel Inouye), but the stories of many have never been published before. As told, the accounts faithfully reflect the moods of America's war years, such as anxieties for the safety of loved ones, racial tensions, the frightfulness of combat, and the sorrow of loss. The photography selections also accent the personal and emotional, with close-ups of haggard soldiers and marines numerous among frames of devastation the war visited wherever it went. Masterful in mass-audience appeal, this likely best-seller, though U.S.-centric, can inspire exploration of the wider contexts of WWII's origin and course. Taylor, Gilbert Review “Ken Burns has done it again. He has given us an intimate, memorable, and provocative portrait of America in World War II—the valor and victory, sacrifice and shame of ordinary Americans, north, south, east, and west. This is a treasure.” —Tom Brokaw “Hea

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