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Our Sons at War by Lee Charles McCollum
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Our Sons at War (1940)

by Lee Charles McCollum

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For being written quite awhile ago, on a specific subject, this book is really good! I found the author to be passionate about his subject - that young men shouldn't just go dashing off to war in order to become glamorous heros without knowing the realities of war and what they are really getting into. At the same time he is intensely patriotic and loyal to the U.S. He tells his son if the country was going to war to win back its freedom, he would march right alongside him. He doesn't, however, think it's right to fight just to gain more world power and prestige, or to fight other countries' battles for them. Although the book itself is dated (it was written for America's sons, not America's children, for example) the author's perspective on the war is timeless. ( )
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War is a man-made holocaust fanned into destructive flames from the ashes of past hatreds.
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This is an anthology of poetry, art and prose by and about Americans in the First World War.

A veteran of World War I speaks to his son and also to the Sons of America, telling them of war in all its phases, on the eve of World War II. He says when young men go to war, they should be mentally prepared for all of war's ugliness and brutality. They should learn war's futility from the lips of those who have seen and felt its pain. Such knowledge and mental preparedness for war is as vital a part of national defense as is the armada of modern warfare.
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