Title: The Good War": An Oral History of World War ...
Publisher: Pantheon Books, New York
Publication Date: 1984
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: First Edition.
First edition, stated. Boldly signed by the author on the front endpaper: "Peace / Studs Terkel." Unfortunately below the signature is a "Merry Christmas" inscription and date done in ink by a former owner. Book is square and unmarked; corners sharp, tail of spine bumped. The dust jacket is price-clipped; edgewear; heavily creased at head of spine, with a half-inch closed tear; Brodart protected. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 007547
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Review: Studs Terkel, the noted Chicago-based journalist, gathers the reminiscences of 121 participants in World War II (called "the good war" because, in the words of one soldier, "to see fascism defeated, nothing better could have happened to a human being"). These participants, men and women, famous and ordinary, tell stories that add immeasurably to our understanding of that cataclysmic time. One Soviet soldier recounts that, surrounded by the Germans, his comrades tapped the powder from their last cartridges and inserted notes to their families inside the casings; Russian children, he goes on, still turn these up every now and again and deliver the notes to the soldiers' families. Terkel touches on many themes along the way, including institutionalized racism in the United States military, the birth of the military-industrial complex, and the origins of the Cold War.
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