Time Goes to War: From World War II to the War on Terror, Stories of America in Battle and on the Home Front

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Truth is the first casualty of war," said Napoleon - but then, he lived before TIME Magazine. Now TIME tells the true story of America at war ¾ a story that encompasses not only the soldiers at the front, but also the armies of unsung men and women who prepare them for battle. Here, from World War II through Korea, Vietnam and the Gulf War, is the story of war as it affects all Americans. You'll join TIME reporters at the front in the hedgerows of France, the rice paddies of Vietnam, the deserts of Kuwait. You'll...
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Overview

Truth is the first casualty of war," said Napoleon - but then, he lived before TIME Magazine. Now TIME tells the true story of America at war ¾ a story that encompasses not only the soldiers at the front, but also the armies of unsung men and women who prepare them for battle. Here, from World War II through Korea, Vietnam and the Gulf War, is the story of war as it affects all Americans. You'll join TIME reporters at the front in the hedgerows of France, the rice paddies of Vietnam, the deserts of Kuwait. You'll join those fighting against a new kind of enemy: the faceless terrorists who have plunged us into a new kind of war. You'll meet indelible leaders, little remembered by today's Americans: "Bull" Halsey, Matthew Ridgeway, "Vinegar Joe" Stilweel. You'll trace war's galvanizing effect on the home front, from bond drives to victory gardens. Above all, you'll meet the G.I.s and "grunts," the chaplains and cooks, the surgeons and nurses who find their finest hour ¾ when America Goes to War.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
For connoisseurs of history's rough draft comes this anthology of Time magazine's coverage of conflicts from the Second World War to Operation Enduring Freedom. Full of local color ("An empty Chianti bottle lay in the desert where an Italian had dropped it in his [1942] retreat") and two-fisted prose ("the Jap ships lay like dozing ducks"), these war dispatches are models of concise, impressionistic writing. They're accompanied by lots of vivid pictures, sometimes grouped into photo essays on topics such as the home front, the supporting cast (medics, cooks, service animals) and USO entertainers. The short and snappy reporting can seem shallow, and sometimes lapses into mere embellishments of Pentagon press briefings ("The Viet Cong's once-cocky hunters are now the cowering hunted," the magazine reported in 1965) but some pieces, like Robert Sherrod's taut and moving report on the battle for Iwo Jima, are still gems. (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931933223
  • Publisher: Time Home Entertainment, Inc
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 8.32 (w) x 11.12 (h) x 0.62 (d)

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