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Of the sixteen million Americans who served in the armed forces during World War II, not quite a thousand were from Freehold, New Jersey—a bustling courthouse town home to a diverse populace that reflected the varied faces and aspirations of the nation. Award-winning author Kevin Coyne's chronicle follows six young men from Freehold through the war and back home again—to a town and a nation on the brink of changes larger than any of them could have imagined. Their story is the story of millions of other veterans,...
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Overview

Of the sixteen million Americans who served in the armed forces during World War II, not quite a thousand were from Freehold, New Jersey—a bustling courthouse town home to a diverse populace that reflected the varied faces and aspirations of the nation. Award-winning author Kevin Coyne's chronicle follows six young men from Freehold through the war and back home again—to a town and a nation on the brink of changes larger than any of them could have imagined. Their story is the story of millions of other veterans, thousands of other towns, and it is the great epic of the last century—the story of what America was then, in its hardest hours, and how it became what it is now.

Author Biography: Kevin Coyne is the author of Domers: A Year at Notre Dame and has contributed to many newspapers and magazines.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780142003862
  • Publisher: Viking Penguin
  • Publication date: 1/27/2004
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 8.42 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin Coyne
Kevin Coyne is the author of Domers: A Year at Notre Dame and has contributed to many newspapers and magazines.

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In our interview, Coyne shared some fascinating facts about himself:

"I started working at 14 at the local library and later graduated to driving a bookmobile."

"I started a newspaper when I was 22 and just out of college; it lasted less than a year, but it got that impulse out of my system so I don't have to do it again.

"I live in the same town where my family has been living since before the Civil War, and I serve here as both a councilman and as the town historian, which means I occasionally visit the grammar schools and embarrass my children there by trying to interest their classes in a bunch of old stories."

"I have three beautiful children who, if they ever choose to become writers themselves, will be fully aware of both the joys and consequences of their choice."

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    1. Hometown:
      Freehold, New Jersey
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 5, 1959
    2. Place of Birth:
      Freehold, New Jersey
    1. Education:
      B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1981

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2006

    First Half Really Draws You In!

    You care about these guys and are afraid that the author might lose one of them. Fortunately, no! The stylistic problem is that the jumping back and forth between the soldiers which works so well for the first half just doesn't hold for the rest of the book. You've got to focus on/identify with at least one character to really care about actually reading any book...and the rug controversy, the hospital, even the horrible loss of the beautiful farmland just don't carry it without any revealing dialogue between people you get to know deeply. We need more from Buddy on Freehold, the U.S., the African American migrants (a confrontation with an inside source would help), and racism. Most of the book is well-balanced - with the singular exception of the jarring, jaw-dropping Hiroshima-was-Cool conclusion with no counterpoint of alternative solutions offered none. My father served in The Marianas - my Mom will love this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2006

    accurate history of freehold, new jersey

    although i liked the book very much because it accurately portrayed freehold with all of it's failings, i disagree with mr. coyne's policies when he was a member of the town council. i found it very disappointing that he of all people being the town historian would be a party to persecuting the undocumented workers and their families. that is the same thing that was done to the black citizens of freehold, including open segregation in schools, housing and public places such as theatres and restaurants just a short time ago.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2004

    Don't waste your time!

    I picked up this book with a rare anticipation. I'm from the same home town written about here, and couldn't wait to read about the familiar places and names it contained. There was only one problem though. Mr. Coyne is such a terrible writer that he makes the book essentially unreadable. I've had it sitting on my nightstand for a year now and I still can't bring myself to get through. I will though! It's now become a personal quest to get through this pile of garbage.

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