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"The immediacy of these letters provides an unforgettable glimpse into how people lived during the most devastating war in human history, and shed light on how Walter Cronkite became one of our greatest newsmen."—Susan Eisenhower
"An extraordinary journey with the most trusted man in America." —Kirkus Reviews
“There’s no question that Cronkite’s book represents a bygone era of journalism.” —The Washingtonian
“A fascinating and informative collection of Walter Cronkite Jr.’s personal World War II letters to his wife." —AARP blog
"Something not all would expect: A completely different side of Walter Cronkite.” —CBS News
"A highly personal view of the man whose face became familiar to every American in the 1960s and ’70s." —The Buffalo News
"Illustrated with heartwarming photos of Walter and Betsy Cronkite during the war from the family collection." —Book Bargains & Previews
"Tom Brokaw, whose career followed Cronkite's, describes this book as the 'quintessential American story.' Indeed it is." —NewsOK
Posted February 21, 2014
For anyone who admires Walter Cronkite this is required reading. It's full of vivid descriptions and great detail of the war, England, it's people and his love for his wife, Betsy. It's remarkable that the letters were saved and could be put into book form.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 9, 2013
Shown on the far left is my grandfather, Ceibert C. Bragg, who joined the Army Air Corp as a gunner/engineer on a Martin Marauder B-26 as a member of the 454th Bomb Squadron, 323rd Bomb Group. The B-26 crew in the photo flew Walter Cronkite on the "U.S.O." plane the day the photo was taken; however, they were a relief crew whose primary aircraft was "Honest Injun" which flew in the third wave of the invasion of Normandy. During an aerial engagement, my grandfather's plane was attacked by two Messerschmitt fighters; he engaged both and was credited for destroying one. For his actions, he earned the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 9 clusters and numerous other recognitions. After 63 combat missions, he entered pilot training and was released upon cessation of hostilities. He reenlisted after discharge and served during the Korean War. He retired as a Master Sergeant after 21 years military service in 1963. My grandfather passed away on May 22, 2011 just shy of his 90th birthday. He was a hero from the greatest generation. God speed.
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Posted July 5, 2013
I have always been a bit of a WW II buff, so this was an easy decision to purchase. It offers an interesting view of the war, the people of England, and the Americans who served there. Cronkite, always a talented observer, shared many experiences in detail, in his letters home. It's a great read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 31, 2013
Format is excellent and composition was well thought out. I guess it was probably just me and my expectation of the Cronkite I watched on the news.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 17, 2013
If you like history and are a fan of Walter Cronkite, this is the book for you! It gives you a first hand view of his experiences during World War II--the personal as well as professional. As a woman, I especially related to his messages to his beloved wife, Betsy, who he missed dearly. The letters capture his loneliness and yearnings to be reunited.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.