We Were There: Voices of African American Veterans, from World War II to the War in Iraq

We Were There: Voices of African American Veterans, from World War II to the War in Iraq

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by Yvonne Latty, Ron Tarver
     
 

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The Greatest Generation meets Bloods in this revealing oral history of the unrecognized contributions of African American veterans.

Award-winning journalist Yvonne Latty never bothered to find out the extent of her father's service until it was almost too late. Inspired by his moving story — and eager to uncover the little-known stories of other black

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The Greatest Generation meets Bloods in this revealing oral history of the unrecognized contributions of African American veterans.

Award-winning journalist Yvonne Latty never bothered to find out the extent of her father's service until it was almost too late. Inspired by his moving story — and eager to uncover the little-known stories of other black veterans, from those who served in the Second World War to the War in Iraq — Latty set about interviewing veterans of every stripe: men and women; army, navy, and air force personnel; prisoners of war; and brigadier generals.

In a book that has sparked discussions in homes, schools, and churches across America, Latty, along with acclaimed photographer Ron Tarver, captures not only what was unique about the experiences of more than two dozen veterans but also why it is important for these stories to be recorded. Whether it's the story of a black medic on Omaha Beach or a nurse who ferried wounded soldiers by heli-copter to medical centers throughout Asia during the Vietnam War, We Were There is a must-have for every black home, military enthusiast, and American patriot.

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Editorial Reviews

Debra J. Dickerson
“We Were There is the story of...victory poignantly told by the victors themselves.”
Mark Bowden
“Latty has collected scores of stories from black veterans...their commitment to their country is an inspiration to us all.”
Lorene Cary
“Thanks to Latty and Tarver for introducing us to men and women who staked their lives on our freedom. ”
Columbus Dispatch
“Latty’s attempt to elevate blacks in the military beyond mere footnotes in history is timely and laudable.”
Booklist
“Excellent.... It puts the African American experience in the broader context of American military history in general.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060751593
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/01/2005
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
923,370
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.45(d)

Meet the Author

Yvonne Latty is a native of New York City. She earned a B.F.A. in film/television and an M.A. in journalism from New York University before becoming a reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News and an adjunct professor of journalism at Villanova University. She lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Ron Tarver is a native of Fort Gibson, Oklahoma, and has been a photographer with the Philadelphia Inquirer for more than twenty years. His previous work includes a photo essay on African American cowboys, which is featured online at the National Geographic Web site. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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