When Books Went to War When Books Went to War

When Books Went to War

The Stories That Helped Us Win World War II

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Publisher Description

This New York Times bestselling account of books parachuted to soldiers during WWII is a “cultural history that does much to explain modern America” (USA Today).

When America entered World War II in 1941, we faced an enemy that had banned and burned 100 million books. Outraged librarians launched a campaign to send free books to American troops, gathering 20 million hardcover donations. Two years later, the War Department and the publishing industry stepped in with an extraordinary program: 120 million specially printed paperbacks designed for troops to carry in their pockets and rucksacks in every theater of war.

These small, lightweight Armed Services Editions were beloved by the troops and are still fondly remembered today. Soldiers read them while waiting to land at Normandy, in hellish trenches in the midst of battles in the Pacific, in field hospitals, and on long bombing flights. This pioneering project not only listed soldiers’ spirits, but also helped rescue The Great Gatsby from obscurity and made Betty Smith, author of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, into a national icon.
“A thoroughly engaging, enlightening, and often uplifting account . . . I was enthralled and moved.” — Tim O’Brien, author of The Things They Carried

“Whether or not you’re a book lover, you’ll be moved.” — Entertainment Weekly

GENRE
History
RELEASED
2014
December 2
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
299
Pages
PUBLISHER
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
SELLER
OpenRoad Integrated Media, LLC
SIZE
13
MB

Customer Reviews

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When Books Went To War

A colorful history of a little-known aspect of World War II. While some of the details are a bit extended, they also add depth to, and appreciation for, the evolution of books and the interest in reading.

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