Letters from the Greatest Generation: Writing Home in WWII (Paperback)

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By Howard H. Peckham (Editor), Shirley A. Snyder (Editor), James H. Madison (Foreword by)
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Victory and defeat, love and loss are the prevalent realities of Letters from the Greatest Generation, a remarkable and frank collection of World War II letters penned by American men and women serving overseas. Here, the hopes and dreams of the greatest generation fill each page, and their voices ring loud and clear. It's all part of the game but it's bloody and rough, wrote one soldier to his wife. Wearing two stripes now and as proud as an old cat with five kittens, marked another. Yet, as many countries rejoiced on V-E Day, soldiers were too tired and sad to celebrate. While visiting a German concentration camp, one man wrote, I don't like Army life but I'm glad we are here to stop these atrocities. True to the everyday thoughts of these fighters, this collection of letters can be as amusing as it is worrying. As one soldier noted, I know lice don't crawl so I figured they were fleas. A fitting tribute to all veterans, this book is one every American should own and read.

About the Author

Howard H. Peckham (1910-1995) was Professor of History and Director of the William L. Clements Library at the University of Michigan. From 1945 to 1953, Peckham was Director of the Indiana Historical Bureau and Secretary of the Indiana Historical Society.Shirley A. Snyder (1924-1999) was an editor for the Indiana Historical Society. Previously, she edited for the Indiana Historical Bureau for thirty-one years.James H. Madison is the Thomas and Kathryn Miller Professor of History Emeritus, Indiana University Bloomington.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780253024480
ISBN-10: 025302448X
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication Date: October 3rd, 2016
Pages: 376
Language: English