Once Upon a Town: The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen

Once Upon a Town: The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen

by Bob Greene

Paperback(First Perennial Edition)

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In search of "the best America there ever was," bestselling author and award-winning journalist Bob Greene finds it in a small Nebraska town few people pass through today—a town where Greene discovers the echoes of the most touching love story imaginable: a love story between a country and its sons.

During World War II, American soldiers from every city and walk of life rolled through North Platte, Nebraska, on troop trains en route to their ultimate destinations in Europe and the Pacific. The tiny town, wanting to offer the servicemen warmth and support, transformed its modest railroad depot into the North Platte Canteen.

Every day of the year, every day of the war, the Canteen—staffed and funded entirely by local volunteers—was open from five a.m. until the last troop train of the day pulled away after midnight. Astonishingly, this remote plains community of only 12,000 people provided welcoming words, friendship, and baskets of food and treats to more than six million GIs by the time the war ended.

In this poignant and heartwarming eyewitness history, based on interviews with North Platte residents and the soldiers who once passed through, Bob Greene tells a classic, lost-in-the-mists-of-time American story of a grateful country honoring its brave and dedicated sons.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060081973
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/06/2003
Series: Harper Perennial Series
Edition description: First Perennial Edition
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 126,441
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

Award-winning journalist Bob Greene is the author of six New York Times bestsellers and a frequent contributor to the New York Times Op-Ed page.

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Aaron Brown

“…the quintessential American story…”

Herbert Mitgang

“… I salute the author for preserving this story of another time in another America.”

Joe Duggan

“... a glimpse into rural Nebraska culture, norms and practices long since vanished.”

Ann Landers

“Lovely...inspiring...uplifting...I was moved to tears, and you will be, too.”

Tom Wolfe

“Greene is a virtuoso of the things that bring journalism alive.”

Greg Moody

“This is a great story of love, country and uncalled-for service in a time of national crisis.”

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