Wilber's War (inbunden)
Format
Inbunden (Hardback)
Språk
Engelska
Antal sidor
360
Utgivningsdatum
2017-07-04
Upplaga
Hard-Cover ed.
Förlag
Van Dorn Books
Medarbetare
Carta, Lisa (design)
Illustrationer
95 Illustrations
Dimensioner
254 x 178 x 21 mm
Antal komponenter
1
Komponenter
468:B&W 7 x 10 in or 254 x 178 mm Case Laminate on White w/Matte Lam
ISBN
9780996693943
Wilber's War (inbunden)

Wilber's War

An American Family's Journey through World War II

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A father's odyssey. A mother's trials. A son's story. Wilber's War chronicles, in one volume, the story of two ordinary Americans, Wilber and Norma Bradt, during an extraordinary time, World War II. It offers fresh insight---deeply personal---into the historic conflict as it was fought by the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theater and by a family on the home front. It is an epic tale of patriotic and familial duty, heroism, love, infidelity and the tragedy of suicide.--- Based on a rich trove of wartime letters, Wilber's War is thoughtfully condensed by the author from his trilogy of the same name, which has received TWO SILVER AWARDS and numerous positive reviews:--- "informed and informative ... thoughtful and thought-provoking ... inherently fascinating read ... deftly crafted ... very highly recommended for both community and academic library ... collections."; [Midwest Book Review, June 2015]; "fascinating, original biography…a superb job" [The Journal of Military History, Jan. 2016]; --- "Hale Bradt relates a story that could resonate with the multitude of families who also sacrificed a father, a husband or son [to war]" [Foreword Reviews, Fall 2015];--- Author Hale Bradt, Wilber and Norma's son, shares his parents' stories with insight, compassion, and a wealth of carefully selected images that bring their experiences to life. Visiting (in the 1980s) the battlefields where his father fought, Bradt adds another uniquely American voice to this rich story: that of a son seeking to unravel the tangled threads of his family's legacy. --- 358 pages, 21 maps, 74 illustrations.
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midwest book review, june 2015: "informed and informative ... thoughtful and thought-provoking ... inherently fascinating read ... deftly crafted ... very highly recommended for both community and academic library ... collections";

the journal of military history, january 2016: "this is a fascinating, original biography of a world war ii artillery officer in the pacific war and his family’s lives on the home front.… rarely do we meet such sexual frankness and emotional pathos as are presented in these family letters…a superb job…an excellent job of providing the historical context of the events of wilber’s war”.

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Innehållsförteckning

prologue

maps and charts

part i farm to academia (1871–1941)

1 he regarded [the guard] as important even in peacetime

2 it was one of the perfect days of my life

3 we have a drastic cut in pay

4 our river is still behaving and is fine skating

part ii preparations (1941–1943)

5 i plan to stay on this job until it is finished

6 my phd didn’t cut any ice here

7 morale is booming and so are the howitzers

8 i will come back to my own, my beloved nana

9 the mountains are coming closer

part iii jungle combat (1943)

10 you can’t tame a machine gun by looking it squarely in the eye

11 oh! there go 5000 rings

12 lovely little shiny bombs

13 the enemy is all around you

14 it was a depressing and unfortunate affair

15 my whispering chorus of observers

16 swan doesn’t polish those insignia very much

17 poor nana

18 interlude 1983, japan and solomon islands

part iv rest and rehabilitation (1944)

19 our plan is to get away from soldiers

20 i’m taking over another battalion

21 i’ve asked for the point of honor

22 interlude 1984, new zealand

part v combat, new guinea (1944)

23 i’m back on the jap business again

24 running on and off ships

25 you can be sure we’ll take care of mother

part vi final battles, luzon (1945)

26 some minutes are worth more than years of living

27 i’m not sure just what the lord got

29 things were tight for awhile

30 your old man now commands a regiment

31 interlude 1983, luzon

part vii japan and home (1945)

32 tokyo and yokohama are ruins

33 my heart rests in your dear hands

part viii epilog (1945–2016)

34 i have never known such deep despair and ill health

35 i think we might grow to love each other. don’t you?

acknowledgments

bibliography

index