We Are at War: The Diaries of Five Ordinary People in Extraordinary Times

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We Are At War continues Simon Garfield's successful formula of interweaving five ordinary lives from the Mass-Observation archive begun with Our Hidden Lives. Of all the accounts written about the Second World War, none are more compelling than the personal diaries composed by those who lived through it. Beginning in the weeks before the war, and ending a year later with the Battle of Britain, the book will tell the story of the "phoney war" on the home front.
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We Are At War continues Simon Garfield's successful formula of interweaving five ordinary lives from the Mass-Observation archive begun with Our Hidden Lives. Of all the accounts written about the Second World War, none are more compelling than the personal diaries composed by those who lived through it. Beginning in the weeks before the war, and ending a year later with the Battle of Britain, the book will tell the story of the "phoney war" on the home front.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780091903862
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/28/2006
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction     1
The Holidays: (24 August-3 September 1939)     9
Tension on the Carpet: (4 September-5 October)     27
The Royal Oak: (6-30 October)     45
The Pail!: (31 October-2 December)     69
Funf: (3-31 December)     109
The Government Takes Your Son: (1-28 January)     139
Miss Bousie Wishes To Know: (1-25 February)     159
We Are At War: (26 February-4 April)     177
The Milkman's Report: (8 April-15 May)     191
Bombing Where My Friends Live: (16 May-4 June)     225
Joan and Robert: (5-21 June)     245
The First Warnings: (22 June-11 July)     275
The Cost of Living: (12 July-5 August)     301
Coal, Dustbin and Drain: (6-31 August)     327
Truth, Journalism and the Sky Descending: (1-24 September)     353
New World Order: (25 September-9 October)     373
History of the People: (10-28 October)     389
Epilogue     412
Index     421
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