With the drama of history and the intimacy of memoir, Andrew Carroll's landmark anthology encompasses every conflict, from the Civil War to Desert Storm. Presenting 175 letters, this book captures vivid depictions of famous battles, profound reflections on the nature of warfare, gripping tales of rescues and escapes, and many more unforgettable ...
With the drama of history and the intimacy of memoir, Andrew Carroll's landmark anthology encompasses every conflict, from the Civil War to Desert Storm. Presenting 175 letters, this book captures vivid depictions of famous battles, profound reflections on the nature of warfare, gripping tales of rescues and escapes, and many more unforgettable expressions of fear, loneliness, love, and patriotism.
Very Good with no dust jacket. 0743410068. Binding is tight and pages re clean. Author signature is on title page. No other markings or writing noted in book. 505 pages.; 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall; 505 pages; Signed by Author.
Fascinating glimpse into the lives of people, both well-known and the common man, living their lives during the drama and intensity of military conflict. Men and women write from first-hand experience, politicians and military strategists correspond. Words of those in the thick of battle, and of those who waited at home, hoping and praying for the blessings of reunion. Highly recommended, this is a cherished book of memories both of our fellow countrymen as well as some of our allies.
Jan 9, 2008
Best Overall Book on War
Of all the military non-fiction I have read, I found War Letters to be the absolute overall, best book. The reason is both its' comprehensiveness, (covering everything from the Civil War to the first Gulf War, Somalia and Bosnia), and its' emotional depth. The personal letters sent (mostly) from the front lines, from military personnel at all levels, to their families, gives real insight into what life was like for them. It progresses chronologically, from when people are still hopeful that war can be averted, to the battle-weary soldiers who have been fighting for years. There are also letters from famous people, generals, nurses, chaplains, journalists, and spies. Before each letter there is a brief synopsis, done by the editor, as to what was going on in the war at the time the letter was written. Sometimes, the letter is followed by a footnote, letting you know if the person writing it survived the war or not. It was a book that had me crying more than once. Deep, informative, powerful. Highly recommended.
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