It was very interesting to hear so many veterans' stories about their time in WW II. For so many years there was nothing said. I think now the current generation is interested and the past generation is willing to talk about how they conquered those difficult days in their lives. Along with the veterans, are stories of the wives they left behind, the minority groups (women, blacks, Indian and Japanese) struggles and even some famous people who served in the war.
Excellent book, covers many different perspectives fairly. At the time it came out, it was a good reminder of the WWII generation. It stands next to Studs Terkel's "The Good War," and is a must-read for fans of history. It's quite a bit shorter than Terkel's book, for those who are not looking for a massive oral history lesson.
I started to read this book once when I checked it out of the library. Well, I just had to have one for myself to keep. I want my children and grandchildren to read it also. It is about different people of that generation of my parents time. My Father served in WWII. Today's generation needs to take a look back and learn.
Perhaps I am a bit prejudiced, being the Baby Boomer daughter of an American soldier who fought in the Battle of the Bulge, but Tom Brokaw's wonderful reading of his book about World War Two survivors, both men and women, was one of the most moving books I have "read" in quite some time. Not at all dry as I had feared, it had humor, joy, disappointment, sadness in the stories Brokaw related of both famous and ordinary citizens. And I learned a great deal about those awful years that my dad, like so many other veterans, just couldn't talk about to those he loved.
My teenage son listened to the audio of this, and now keeps the book by his bed for repeated reading. Each chapter is the story of a different person, couple or group. Some we've never heard of, and some are well known figures in our culture. I'm recommending this book to homeschool friends who are studying World War 2. This is a great dip into the life & times of the WW2 generation. This book gives us one last chance to embrace them while many of them are still here to appreciate it.