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In the first book to showcase the richness and depth of this collection, Voices of War tells a compelling, emotional, history of the experience of war, weaving together veterans' stories from in World Wars I and II, Korea, Vietnam, and the Persian Gulf. The stories are organized thematically into sections-from signing up to coming home, generations of veterans recall individual experiences that together tell the extraordinary story of America at war. Letters, photographs, sketches and paintings enrich the compelling oral history.
Voices of War is sure to provoke memories and reflection and truly honor the sacrifices made by millions of veterans who have fought to defend our freedom.
Introduction by former Senator Max Cleland and an Afterword by Senator Chuck Hagel, both of whom are Vietnam veterans.
Posted November 12, 2004
VOICES OF WAR is the product of the Veterans History Project form the Library of Congress. It is a book of letters, notes, memoirs, paintings, drawings, photographs, and other memorabilia from World War I through World War II through the Korean War through the Vietnam War to the Persian Gulf War. The quality of paper is the highest obtainable for books, the photograph and art reproductions are superb, and the graphic layout of the letters and memos and interviews are excellent. So as a book it ranks as an Art book.But that is only the superficial gloss that binds this body of thoughts that have survived a century of warfare. Here are the responses of men and women who volunteered or were drafted, the families and sweethearts left on American soil to keep vigil for those who would return and those who would not. Images of entertainers such as Bob Hope and Martha Raye and the countless others who brought some sense of credibility to the 'cause' worth fighting for are juxtaposed with photos of buddies, and backhome families, and of posters and art that accompanied these wars.The most impressive portion of this book is the interviews conducted by volunteers, young men and women who listened and recorded countless hours of reminiscences from veterans, nurses, families - the spectrum of those stamped with wars' tattoos. Some read as though script for Audie Murphy films: some read with hidden pain and permanent wounds like those of British poet Wilfrid Owen.And in the end this book simply bears witness to the horror of the history of WAR. How timely for this book to arrive on the shelves when yet again we as a nation that should have learned from history are capturing more material for, unfortunately, another volume. When will we learn? Perhaps if everyone reads this excellent book, there may be hope. Grady Harp, Veterans' Day 2004Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.