We Went to War: New Hampshire Remembers

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One leg in England, the other in France. Shot from the sky over Holland, China, Italy. Kamikaze, Buchenwald, war at sea. War orphan, war romance, proud Marine. Rain and rats on Biak and Bougainville. Maggots in the Philippines. Trench foot in France. Malaria, nightmares, wounded for life. This is some of the vocabulary of World War II and of this book. In We Went to War, men and women remember how the war transformed and often threatened their lives. They tell their stories in words that are often poignant, sometimes tragic, and always human.

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Mike Pride is a journalist and historian. He was the editor of the Concord Monitor for twenty-five years and managing editor for five years before that. A former Nieman Fellow, he served nine years on the Pulitzer Prize board, including 2007-08 as co-chair. Pride is co-author of My Brave Boys, a history of a New Hampshire Civil War regiment, and Too Dead to Die, the memoir of a Bataan Death March survivor, and co-editor of The New Hampshire Century. He lives in Concord with his wife, Monique. Meg Heckman is a journalist and New Hampshire native. A reporter for the Concord Monitor, she has been named both New Hampshire Writer of the Year and New England Community Reporter of the Year. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire and has completed fellowships with the Poynter Institute for Media Studies and the New York Times Foundation. In her spare time, she teaches writing and alpine skiing. She lives in Concord.

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World War II left many legacies, few more precious - or more elusive - than the countless tales lodges in the memories of its survivors. Memory can be fickle, but in this volume, Meg Heckman and Mike Pride have painstakingly harvested some of the richest remembrances of New Hampshirites who fought and witnessed the war. Some are anguished, some are bemused, many are surprising, all are poignant. Thanks to this collection, none will be lost to future generations who seek to understand the human face of history's most stupendous conflict.
--David M. Kennedy, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian

We Went to War brings the largest conflict in global history to an intimate human scale. It is indispensable reading for anyone interested in World War II history. Present and future generations owe Meg Heckman and Mike Pride a huge debt of gratitude for capturing these remarkable stories. --Mark Foynes, Executive Director, Wright Museum of WWII History

What a wonderful, moving collection of memories and stories - the basic DNA of the greatest cataclysm in history. This is the war undistracted, unmediated by the sentimental. This is the real stuff.
--Ken Burns, film-maker, The War


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