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.
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.
This is really an excellent book about the World War II generation who greatly changed America and the whole world. All of these people are my father and uncles' contemporaries. My father left for the South Pacific when I was about 3 mo. old and didn't return until I was nearly 3 yr. old, so the situation greatly affected me, too.