Customer Reviews for

Kilroy Was Here: The Best American Humor from World War II

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 3 Customer Reviews
Page 1 of 1
  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2002

    The funniest book I've read in my life.

    I love this book ! Especially the poems . This book beats " Non Campus Mentis " . The book is filled up with great jokes that really make you laugh ! Plus , the book is interesting ! The only comment I have about this book is it's not funny all the way through . I expected it to be non-stop funny.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2001

    No Privacy for the Privates!

    Summary: This book has to be the best resource available for G.I. humor. Charles Osgood has put together a compendium of stories, jokes, one-liners, and cartoons that capture the military experience from boot camp through to going home. The stories capture a variety of perspectives from those in various branches of the military to the U.S.O. entertainers. The most humorous ones are the views of bureaucratic idiocy from the perspective of those in the foxholes. The collection is well edited, balanced, and contains an interesting memoir of Mr. Osgood's experiences as a youngster at the time. The book's main drawback is that much of the material is very long, and is takes awhile to get to the point. Review: The most outstanding work in this book are the Bill Mauldin cartoons. They are laconic and to the point. 'Try to say sumpin' funny, Joe' is the invocation while heading off to fight. I also liked the Sad Sack cartoon where he builds an outdoor shower. Having finished and returning to take his shower, he finds a sign that says 'Officers Only.' I hope Mr. Osgood will consider doing a whole volume of such cartoons. They are wonderful! The subjects for the humor are most often spam (the food, not Internet junk mail), k.p. duty, sex, war bonds, ration coupons, fat cans, and the drawbacks of everyday military service. The humor is couched in a variety of ways, but dialects are used well. As Mr. Osgood writes, 'The more ferocious and threatening the situation, the more we need a sense of humor to keep going and hang on to our sanity.' Clearly, these stories and jokes helped. I was impressed that many stories that I always thought were old chestnuts, are even older than I thought. An officer is told to look up and describe what he sees. 'I see millions of stars.' The NCO replies, 'Well, sir, it tells me that somebody stole our tent.' Situations also provide the humor. 'We're torpedoed! . . . You can't leave me now, I've got four aces!' 'It's kind of hard to get credit for standing at attention because my uniform is all-ways [sic] at ease.' A straw bed evokes this comment: 'Its [sic] a matter of midn [sic] over mattress.' The jokes about the officers are the best. 'Apprehensive means I'm scared with a college education.' Food is a good subject, as well: 'Synthetic lemonade -- a mixture of carbolic acid with ersatz lemon powder' Be sure to read The Craven, which is a satirical poem based on Poe's, The Raven. 'Private practice? NEVERMORE!' The only drawback is the book contains many long stories that develop slowly. Although most are fine in the end, they would have benefited from more editing. I graded the book down one star for this quality. Overall, the humor probably gives you a sense of what World War II was like more than any history. After you finish this book, ask people who lived at that time what their favorite funny stories are. You will probably add to your collection, and will also encourage veterans to talk about what is often a time of many painful memories. Honor the laughter of the human spirit that cries out to banish horror! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2001

    Absolutely Amazing GI humor

    '. . . Dogface infantryman digging in with battle sounds of shells and grenades exploding around them and bullets whizzing overhead. The field telephone rings and a helmeted GI reaches for it, picks it up the receiver and answers: `WORLD WAR TWO.'' Charles Osgood starts his introduction with this story which, in my mind, typifies the absolutely amazing GI humor that was a part of WWII! There are also quotes from entertainers of that era: 'I've learned to say Kaopectate in nine languages . . . ,' Bob Hope; '. . . and it was also how anxious all of us were to laugh,' Ritz Brother, and 'If they have the strength to smile, they smile. It makes a guy proud,' Humphrey Bogart while visiting a hospital in Naples. Even Banzai charges and 'Dear John letters' were not spared. 'Jilted GIs in India organize the FIRST BRUSH OFF CLUB.' We has often taken note of this humor. Now, to my delight, so has Charles Osgood (and who could do it better!) GIs during periods of great stress, that we can only imagine, managed to find humor wherever they found themselves. Charles Osgood refers to this directly in the dedication. All in all, this is my kind of book. It kept me rocking back and forth between amusement, amazement and outright thigh slapping. At last, another recognition of the amazing humor that came out of GIs during that time. Don't miss this one!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 3 Customer Reviews
Page 1 of 1