World War II Letters: A Glimpse into the Heart of the Second World War Through the Eyes of Those Who Were Fighting It [NOOK Book]

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Writers from twenty Allied and Axis countries are gathered in this unique collection of letters from servicemen and -women to their friends, families, and sweethearts. World War II Letters gives an unbiased look into the lives of those who served throughout the world-in Europe, the Pacific, Northern Africa, and Asia-and gives an intimate and honest portrayal of their experiences.

Wide ranging in scope, World War II Letters includes writings ...
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World War II Letters: A Glimpse into the Heart of the Second World War Through the Eyes of Those Who Were Fighting It

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Overview


Writers from twenty Allied and Axis countries are gathered in this unique collection of letters from servicemen and -women to their friends, families, and sweethearts. World War II Letters gives an unbiased look into the lives of those who served throughout the world-in Europe, the Pacific, Northern Africa, and Asia-and gives an intimate and honest portrayal of their experiences.

Wide ranging in scope, World War II Letters includes writings by officers and infantry, nurses and doctors, pilots, POWs, those injured in action, killed in action, and those reported missing. Introductory biographies and photographs vividly capture the letter writers' lives before, during, and after the war.

The writers of the letters in this powerful collection express their own views of "the enemy," give their impressions of countries far away from home, describe battle by land, sea, and air, and recount war's atrocities and its rare humorous moments. Ultimately, World War II Letters provides a revealing and unforgettable journey through the war of the century.


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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Here are two of a growing multitude of works collecting letters written home by military personnel. (Thank you, Tom Brokaw.) One must bear in mind that, unlike diaries, such letters were heavily censored for content, purged of such information as descriptions of battles or current or future locations. Thus, as shown by literary agent Adler's work, they are not always scintillating reading. Written home during World War II by soldiers, nurses, pilots, and doctors from over 20 Allied and Axis countries, the letters collected by Adler are often without much emotional content; descriptions of scenery, customs, local foods, and weather predominate. A few are truly interesting pieces, like the letter from a nun describing what it was like living through an atomic bomb attack. Nevertheless, the work does give the feel of what soldiers' letters were like during wartime. All told, a readable volume but not a necessary purchase. Lowenherz (The 50 Greatest Love Letters) has collected letters written by politicians, soldiers, and civilians in all American wars from the Revolution to Afghanistan. He has chosen well. A letter from Abraham Lincoln defends his Emancipation Proclamation, General Sherman defends the evacuation of Atlanta, and even John F. Kennedy's famous carved message on a coconut is included. This excellent sampling is recommended for all public libraries. (Both works include photographs of the letter authors, when available.)-Richard Nowicki, Emerson H.S., Buffalo, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429970051
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 11/29/2003
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 846,966
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


Bill Adler is a writer and literary agent who lives in New York. He is the author and editor of four New York Times bestsellers.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
From the Editors xiii
Foreword xv
Part I The Battles 1
By Land 3
By Air 34
By Sea 47
Part II Religious Support and Strength 53
Part III Patriotism and Leadership 73
Part IV Life in the Military 111
Part V Away from Home--Impressions of New Lands 149
Part VI POWs--Life in the Camps 183
Part VII Injured and Killed in Action and Caretakers on the Front Line 203
Part VIII The End of the War 221
Letter Credits 249
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