When All the Men Were Gone: World War II and the Home Front, One Boy's Journey Through the War Years

When All the Men Were Gone: World War II and the Home Front, One Boy's Journey Through the War Years

by Ronald Capalaces
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When All the Men Were Gone: World War II and the Home Front, One Boy's Journey Through the War Years by Ronald Capalaces

WHEN ALL THE MEN WERE GONE--World War II and the Home Front--One Boy�s Journey Through the War Years is a memoir of five years of my life growing up as a child during WW II. It�s about a distant war and a home front neighborhood separated by miles and years--as time, fate, and human events play themselves out.
When All the Men Were Gone is a salute to those of my generation, the ones who lived in the shadow of the Greatest Generation. It was our generation, those at the home front during WW II, that also suffered many losses; our loved ones; our innocence; our nurturing. We saw the images--the toll of human conflict and the horror of the atom bomb. We saw the ravages of hatred in the gaunt faces and hollowed spirits of concentration camp survivors. We saw giant holes filled with naked and dead bodies.
We came of age between two powerful decades: �The Forties� and �The Sixties.� Our time to serve came with the Korean Conflict and for some the Vietnam War. My generation was called the �quiet generation� and the �forgotten generation.� Not too flattering and also not too accurate. I like to think of my generation as �the little generation that could.� It was my generation, at the home front, that found the courage and determination to pull together to help our service men and women conquer the evil sweeping across Europe and the Pacific. This book is but a small step toward helping to define our generation and staking out a claim for its legacy. This is a remembrance of our generation...not the greatest, but the one closest to it.
This is about the struggle of life without men and its impact on those left behind. It is told through the eyes of a child as he lives through the war years.

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ISBN-13: 9780615356075
Publisher: Lazarus LLC Publishers
Publication date: 09/17/2010
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Ronald Capalaces, originally from upstate New York, lives and writes in Virginia. Mr. Capalaces has worked in Washington, DC at the U.S. Information Agency; the War on Poverty; the Close Up Foundation and as an independent motion picture and television producer-director-writer.

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When All the Men Were Gone: World War II and the Home Front, One Boy's Journey Through the War Years 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Hates-TV More than 1 year ago
I wish could find more books like this that tell how tough of a time it was growing up then. Should be required reading in every school.
VaReader1214 More than 1 year ago
It's been a long time since I enjoyed a book as much as this one. The author provides a vivid, poignant, entertaining and deeply personal account of his struggling childhood growing up in a small town in NY during WW2. While there have been many books and movies made about WW2, this is the one that finally connected for me. Through delightful, crisply written stories, the author reveals the excitement, innocence, confusion, pain, pride and unexplainable hopefulness of this unique time in our nation's history. This book is such a fun read that its lessons sneak up on you. It is not until the powerful epilogue, where the author effortlessly weaves his personal journey into to the larger historical and societal context, that the true impact of this book is felt. In his summation, Mr. Capalaces conveys a deep understanding that can only come after a lifetime of thoughtful reflection. After reading this book, I feel a deep sense of gratitude to all those who sacrificed during that time for the freedoms we now enjoy - not only those who went and fought, but also those who stayed behind. I feel happy and honored to know a bit about their lives through this book. I was truly touched, enriched and inspired by this book, and will read it again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Congratulations to the author for his moving tribute to the challenges and adventures faced by boys in America during World War II. HIs childhood memories -- charming, colorful, poignant -- will surely touch all who read this book.
BHBH More than 1 year ago
This was one of the most vivid books I've ever read! This story speaks of a generation which barely crossed my mind - an often forgotten generation. This book left me wanting to know more of life of children and their experience during World War II. I highly recommend this read for the journey it will take you on!
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