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The War: Stories of Life and Death from World War II

by Clint Willis (Editor)

Other authors: Stephen E. Ambrose (Contributor), Lewis H. Carlson (Contributor), Ronald Downing (Contributor), James J. Fahey (Contributor), Janet Flanner (Contributor)15 more, Paul Fussell (Contributor), Samuel Hynes (Contributor), James Jones (Contributor), AJ Liebling (Contributor), Kim Malthe-Bruun (Contributor), Vibeke Malthe-Bruun (Contributor), William Manchester (Contributor), Toyofumi Ogura (Contributor), Marie-Louise Osmont (Contributor), Sławomir Rawicz (Contributor), Cornelius Ryan (Contributor), EB Sledge (Contributor), David Kenyon Webster (Contributor), Richard Wheeler (Contributor), EB White (Contributor)

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No one knew it was going to be that bad. World War II killed some 60 million people-20 million of them soldiers-and inflicted wounds, bereavement, poverty and suffering on countless others.But such destruction was an impossible to imagine in advance as it was for young pilots-in-training to imagine their coming fiery deaths; or for Jews to foresee their last moments in the gas chambers; or for parents to imagine their children killed by the mortars and bullets and other munitions that factories churned out in such enormous quantities. As impossible, perhaps, as it is for us to imagine a disaster of similar scale in our future.The War presents an unforgettable mosaic of memoirs from soldiers, citizens and historians, detailing the immense tragedy that stretched from the Western Front to the Pacific Theater.… (more)
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Willis, ClintEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ambrose, Stephen E.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Carlson, Lewis H.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Downing, RonaldContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fahey, James J.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Flanner, JanetContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fussell, PaulContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hynes, SamuelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jones, JamesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Liebling, AJContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Malthe-Bruun, KimContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Malthe-Bruun, VibekeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Manchester, WilliamContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ogura, ToyofumiContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Osmont, Marie-LouiseContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rawicz, SławomirContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ryan, CorneliusContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sledge, EBContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Webster, David KenyonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wheeler, RichardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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No one knew it was going to be that bad. World War II killed some 60 million people-20 million of them soldiers-and inflicted wounds, bereavement, poverty and suffering on countless others.But such destruction was an impossible to imagine in advance as it was for young pilots-in-training to imagine their coming fiery deaths; or for Jews to foresee their last moments in the gas chambers; or for parents to imagine their children killed by the mortars and bullets and other munitions that factories churned out in such enormous quantities. As impossible, perhaps, as it is for us to imagine a disaster of similar scale in our future.The War presents an unforgettable mosaic of memoirs from soldiers, citizens and historians, detailing the immense tragedy that stretched from the Western Front to the Pacific Theater.

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Anthology contains:
  • Excerpt from Goodbye, Darkness / William Manchester
  • Excerpt from Doing Battle: The Making of a Skeptic / Paul Fussell
  • Excerpt from The Longest Day / Cornelius Ryan
  • Excerpt from The Long Walk / Sławomir Rawicz as told to Ronald Downing
  • Excerpt from Heroic Heart: The Diary and Letters of Kim Malthe-Bruun, 1941-1945 / edited by Vibeke Malthe-Bruun
  • Excerpt from Pacific War Diary, 1942-1945 / James J. Fahey
  • Mollie / A.J. Liebling
  • Excerpt from The Thin Red Line / James Jones
  • The Escape of Mrs. Jeffries / Janet Flanner
  • Excerpt from Parachute Infantry / David Kenyon Webster
  • Excerpt from The Normandy Diary of Marie-Louise Osmont, 1940-1944 / Marie-Louise Osmont
  • Excerpt from The Bloody Battle for Suribachi / Richard Wheeler
  • Excerpt from We Were Each Other's Prisoners / Lewis H. Carlson
  • Bond Rally / E.B. White
  • Excerpt from With the Old Breed at Peleliu and Okinawa / E.B. Sledge
  • Excerpt from Citizen Soldiers / Stephen E. Ambrose
  • Excerpt from Letters from the End of the World: A Firsthand Account of the Bombing of Hiroshima / Toyofumi Ogura
  • Excerpt from Flights of Passage / Samuel Hynes
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