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The War: An Intimate History 1941-1945


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  • By: Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns
  • Format: Hardcover, 447 pages, 9.5 in. X 11 in.
  • Publisher: Knopf
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  • ISBN: 978-0307-26283-7
The companion volume to the magnificent seven-part PBS series.

The American experience of World War II captured in the words and deeds, thoughts and feelings of those who made history on the battlefields and on the home front.
The vivid voices that speak from these pages are not those of historicans or scholars. They are the voices of ordinary men and women who experienced - and helped to win - the most devastating war in history, in which between 50 and 60 million lives were lost.
Focusing on the citizens of four towns - Luverne, Minnesota; Sacramento, California; Watervury, Connecticut; Mobile, Alabama - The War follows more than forty people from 1941 to 1945. Woven largely from their memories, the compelling, unflinching narrative unfolds month by bloody month, with the outcome always in doubt. All the iconic events are here, from Pearl Harbor to the liberation of the concentration camps - but we also move among prisoners of war and Japanese American internees, defense workers and schoolchildren, and families who struggled simply to stay together white their men were shipped off to Europe, the Pacific, and North Africa.
Enriched by maps and hundreds of photographs, including many never published before, this is an intimate, profoundly affecting chronicle of the war that shaped our world.

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