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Thanks for the Memories: Love, Sex, and World War II
     

Thanks for the Memories: Love, Sex, and World War II

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by Jane Mersky Leder
 

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ISBN-10: 1597972770

ISBN-13: 9781597972772

Pub. Date: 06/30/2009

Publisher: Potomac Books


The collective consciousness of World War II revolved around the virtues of bravery, sacrifice, and commitment. Members of the “Greatest Generation” toed political and social lines in hopes of winning the war. They fell into lockstep, not asking many questions and breaking few social and sexual mores. Or did they?In fact, World War II, like all wars,

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The collective consciousness of World War II revolved around the virtues of bravery, sacrifice, and commitment. Members of the “Greatest Generation” toed political and social lines in hopes of winning the war. They fell into lockstep, not asking many questions and breaking few social and sexual mores. Or did they?In fact, World War II, like all wars, was an era of sexual experimentation and a general loosening of morals. During this time of conflicting emotions and messages, of great sacrifice, and of discovery, some groups, especially women, experienced a relaxing of bonds that had kept them in check. Thanks for the Memories: Love, Sex, and World War II is the true story of how that generation responded to the fervor of war and how those passions changed their lives—and the relationships between the sexes—forever.But this book is more than that. As Jane Mersky Leder writes, “Thanks for the Memories opens the hearts and memories of a generation that is dying, by one estimate, at the rate of more than 1,000 a day.” It not only exposes the Greatest Generation’s sexual and romantic escapades, it underscores how those four war years revolutionized relationships (including those between gays) and helped set the stage for the second wave of the women’s liberation movement. “Many who never thought their stories mattered,” Leder writes, “now feel the pull of limited time, and the importance of leaving an accurate account for their children and grandchildren of what it was like to be a young man or young woman during World War II. This is their collective story.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597972772
Publisher:
Potomac Books
Publication date:
06/30/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
186
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Prologue: To My Parents-Morris and Shirley Mersky xix

Chapter 1 Derailed Dreams 1

Chapter 2 "Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition" 15

Chapter 3 "Eat, Drink, and Be Merry, for Tomorrow We May Die" 31

Chapter 4 Discrimination in the Ranks 51

Chapter 5 An Army of Service Wives 75

Chapter 6 Waiting Wives and Home Front Popular Culture 93

Chapter 7 "Over Sexed, Over Fed, Over Paid, Over There" 115

Chapter 8 "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To" 133

Chapter 9 Babies, Suburbia, and the Seeds of Change 155

Selected Bibliography 169

Index 175

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Thanks for the Memories: Love, Sex, and World War II 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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This book is full of captivating bits of history, wonderful personal stories, and a peek into a generation that is disappearing day by day. It is never dull and Jane Mersky Leder moves you quickly through the history with a confident and engaging writing style. Pick this book up and take a look at what you don¿t already know about World War II and the Greatest Generation.