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

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

by Jane Mersky Leder
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ISBN-10:
1597972770
ISBN-13:
2901597972771
Pub. Date:
06/30/2009
Publisher:
Potomac Books
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Overview

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

Thanks for the Memories destroys the historical myth that young men and women went about the business of war and stayed on the straight and narrow path. Rather, World War II provided new opportunities for sexual experimentation, for hasty marriages, for flourishing prostitution—and for love connections that have stood the test of time. Young men in the military, far away from family and home, "did things" they might never have done. Young women, many of whom went to work for the first time, experienced a freedom and independence most women had never known. Because of the war, courtships were cut short, couples married more quickly than normal, and husbands and wives were often separated for several years. Despite attempts to get back to "normal" after the war and the apparent "togetherness" of the 1950s, World War II had set change in motion, heralding the second wave of the women's liberation movement.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2901597972771
Publisher: Potomac Books
Publication date: 06/30/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 186
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(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.