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Our Mothers' War: American Women at Home and at the Front During World War II

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2006

    History is Part Memory

    What so often is lacking in historical texts is the subjective. With excerpts from letters written by women who served both home and abroad, with the military and as civilians, this book fills in the gaps between the dates to give a more personal account of how the war years affected American women. Most notable is the overwhelming sense of pride and self-worth these women felt in aiding their country in a time of great need. These are the women who, through their strength, determination and sacrifice, led the way to a revolution in the work force. All professional women owe them a debt of gratitude.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2005

    Fascinating Look at those Overlooked heroes of World War II

    I have always been so fascinated with the unyielding sacrifice of those in the Greatest Generation. I have realized that without their heroics, our world would be very different. Most everything about World War 2 is about the men and women have taken a back seat as nurses, war secretaries, sometimes soldiers, but mostly mothers, girlfriends, sisters, fiancees taking care of things at home, conserving rubber, gas, and even nylons. This is a wonderful portrait of all of those women, from small town girls to such starlets as Carole Lombard and Marlene Dietrich. To be a woman at this time was a second rate experience to men, but these women helped gain so much for those that would come in the future. Their work and heroic tactics should NEVER be overlooked. Thanks to Emily Yellin for such a good read and wonderful tribute AND to all the women who helped make our country free during World War 2. I am deeply indebted to you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2004

    Our Mothers' Book Club

    Given the age of those who would most enjoy this book, including my own mother, it should be released in large print and audio editions s.a.p.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2004

    Women's Work

    This book brings to life the distaff experience in World War II. Our Mothers' War provides an engaging, fascinating account of the world at war from the point of view of our mothers and grandmothers, helping us to get to know them better and giving us a glimpse of the joy and strength that characterized them as young women. It is an accurate and scholarly book, but not at all dry--in fact, I showed up bleary-eyed at work several mornings because I just couldn't put it down. I can see that I owe a debt of gratitude to the women described in this book for the opportunities I have as a working woman today. I have 4 children ranging in age from 18 to 32, and I will be sending each of them their own copy. This is a wonderful way to learn more about America and the individual sense of commitment to shared ideals that has made this country great.

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