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The GI bill, officially the Serviceman's Readjustment Act of 1944, is best remembered today for the college educations that it provided to thousands of World War II veterans, transforming their lives and bringing lasting change to American society. Altschuler and Blumin (American Studies and history, respectively, Cornell Univ.) examine both the GI bill and its impact, pointing out how far-reaching the bill in fact was. Although thousands of ex-soldiers earned college degrees because of the bill, Blumin and Altschuler argue that the vocational training available to veterans did even more to raise American standards of living. Additionally, the bill's home loan program increased home ownership and contributed to the growth of suburbs, a major shift in American society. The authors also discuss the effects of the GI bill on black and female veterans and how their experiences laid the groundwork for the Civil Rights era. A lively and carefully researched account of the GI bill and the postwar era; all informed readers should consider.