Never Will We Forget: Oral Histories of World War II

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Never Will We Forget deals with the most enduring and moving side of World War II, the personal side. These are the stories of some 400 men and women, who, though they experienced the war in wildly different ways, were all profoundly affected by it. Gleaned from interviews and oral histories, the book reflects the experiences of male and female veterans, civilians on the home front, conscientious objectors, survivors of the torpedoing of the USS Indianapolis and of typhoons, participants in the Normandy Invasion,...

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Overview

Never Will We Forget deals with the most enduring and moving side of World War II, the personal side. These are the stories of some 400 men and women, who, though they experienced the war in wildly different ways, were all profoundly affected by it. Gleaned from interviews and oral histories, the book reflects the experiences of male and female veterans, civilians on the home front, conscientious objectors, survivors of the torpedoing of the USS Indianapolis and of typhoons, participants in the Normandy Invasion, the Battle of the Bulge, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa. Some stories tug at the heart, some foster the shock of surprise, still others reflect the long-held pride in the American war effort at home and abroad. From the first dark stirrings of war through its dusty aftermath, Never Will We Forget captures how Americans lived, felt, and believed during the twentieth century's most brutal conflict.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Never Will We Forget deals with the most enduring and moving side of World War II--the personal side. These are the stories of some 400 men and women who, though they experienced the war in wildly different ways, were all profoundly affected by it."

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Lansing State Journal

"Compiled from interviews and oral histories from 400 men and women, these stories relate how they participated in World War II and how it affected them….The book is a work of immense scope told by the people who were there."

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Booklist

"In this new work, Culpepper retains her interest in military conflict but expands her focus on the activities of women….Here she chronicles various aspects of US participation in WW II. Chapters focus on theaters of action, branches of military services, pivotal campaigns, and the contributions of all aspects of US society to the war effort--military and civilian, overseas and on the home front. Culpepper's use of oral history conveys to readers the personal tension, sacrifice, and suffering that Americans encountered and experienced during the war. Her narrative is informative and engaging….Public libraries will want this book. Academic libraries supporting courses on WW II and public history programs should also add it to their collections. Highly recommended. All public and academic levels/libraries."

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Choice

"It is this diversity of topics that is the strength of Never Will We Forget. . . . if readers enjoy learning their history from personal stories and interesting vignettes, Never Will We Forget provides a nice introduction to the American experience during World War II."

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The Historian

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313344787
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/2007
  • Series: Praeger Security International Series
  • Pages: 332
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

MARILYN MAYER CULPEPPER is the author of Trials and Triumphs: The Women of the American Civil War and All Things Altered: Women in the Wake of the Civil War. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and is Professor Emerita at Michigan State University.

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