When Books Went to War: The Stories That Helped Us Win World War II

When Books Went to War: The Stories That Helped Us Win World War II

Molly Guptill Manning


“Heartwarming.” — New York Times

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

“A readable, obtainable addition to international conflict II literature [and] a booklet that would be loved via fans of books approximately books.” — Boston Globe

“Four stars [out of 4] . . . A cultural heritage that does a lot to give an explanation for smooth America.” — USA Today

whilst the United States entered global battle II in 1941, we confronted an enemy that had banned and burned a hundred million books. Outraged librarians introduced a crusade to ship loose books to American troops and gathered 20 million hardcover donations. In 1943, the struggle division and the publishing stepped in with a unprecedented program: 120 million small, light-weight paperbacks for troops to hold of their wallet and rucksacks in each theater of battle. those Armed companies variants have been loved by means of the troops and are nonetheless fondly remembered this present day. squaddies learn them whereas ready to land at Normandy, in hellish trenches in the middle of battles within the Pacific, in box hospitals, and on lengthy bombing flights. They helped rescue The nice Gatsby from obscurity and made Betty Smith, writer of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, into a countrywide icon. When Books Went to War is the inspiring tale of the Armed providers variations, and a treasure for background buffs and publication fans alike.

“A completely enticing, enlightening, and sometimes uplifting account . . . i used to be enthralled and moved.” — Tim O’Brien, writer of The issues They Carried

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