The Good War: An Oral History of World War II

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The New Press, Dec 13, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 608 pages
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The Good War for which Terkel won the Pulitzer Prize, is a testament not only to the experience of war but to the extraordinary skill of Terkel as interviewer. As always, Terkel’s subjects are open and unrelenting in their analyses of themselves and their experiences, producing what People magazine has called “a splendid epic history of World War II.” With this volume Terkel expanded his scope to the global and the historical and the result is a masterpiece of oral history.

"Tremendously compelling, somehow dramatic and intimate at the same time." —The New York Times Book Review
 

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User Review  - bdtrump - LibraryThing

Terkel's work is clearly an enormous undertaking. Anyone interested in any element of World War II would be immediately captivated by Terkel's work, which gives a fair and thorough discussion of all ... Read full review

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User Review  - Margaret Elder - Goodreads

I know a little about World War II. My Dad was a D Day survivor who fought throughout Europe until VE Day. I have read many books about the war and visited the Normandy battlefields, etc. But, it was ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
3
Book One
17
Book Two
187
Book Three
299
Book Four
385
Boom Babies and Other New People
574
Copyright

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About the author (2013)

Studs Terkel was an actor, writer, and radio host. He was born Louis Terkel on May 16, 1912 in New York City. He took his name from the James T. Farrell novel, Studs Lonigan. Terkel attended the University of Chicago and graduated with a law degree in 1934. Terkel acted in local stage productions and on radio dramas until he began one of the first television programs, an unscripted show called Studs Place in the early 1950s. In 1952, Terkel began Studs Terkel's Almanac on radio station WFMT in Chicago. Terkel compiled a series of books based on oral histories that defined America in the 20th Century. Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do received a National Book Award nomination in 1975. The Good War: An Oral History of World War II won the Pulitzer Prize in nonfiction in 1985. Working was turned into a hit musical in 1978. Terkel was named the Communicator of the Year by the University of Chicago in 1969. He also won a Peabody Award for excellence in journalism in 1980 and the National Book Foundation Medal for contributions to American letters in 1997. He died on October 31, 2008 at the age of 96.

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