The Good War
1984. 589 pages. Signed by the author. Grey dust jacket with white and grey lettering. Blue cloth binding with silver gilt lettering. Author's inscription to ffep. Pages are unevenly bound and rough cut. Significant use marking, foxing and tanning present. Text remains clear and legible throughout on yellowed pages. Binding is firm. Moderate edge wear and use marking present with sunning to spine. Bumped corners. Moderate wear to dust jacket with folds, chips, scuffing and tanning. Use marked. Not price clipped. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 1429011385RAE
Über diesen Titel:
OVER FIVE MONTHS ON THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER LIST
Rezension: In World War II memories, Terkel has found a great, untold story - with fore-shadowings of Vietnam and aftershocks of atomic warfare. Terkel explains the title, matter-of-factly, as the Vietnam, nuclear-war contrast; the testimony - even from those whose lives peaked in WW II - exposes the irony of the phrase. First witness is "Hawaiian"-Californian John Garcia: in December 1941, as a pipefitter apprentice at Pearl Harbor, he retrieved live and dead bodies from the water and hulls; his girlfriend was killed by misfired American shells, he petitioned FDR to get into service, then was asked his race (great-grandparents?) and, as "Caucasian," separated from "the other Hawaiians"; on Okinawa, "I'd get up each day and start drinking. . . . They would show us movies. Japanese women didn't cry. They accepted the ashes stoically. I knew different. They went home and cried." In that same lead-off section appear the Nisei, uprooted and interned; a child-witness to, and a-participant in, the hysteria; an American-born Japanese, trapped in Japan on a visit. One of the last sections has to do with the Bomb. In an Indiana farm kitchen, Terkel talks with Bill Harney, radar operator on the plane that bombed Nagasaki. In a New York hotel lobby, he talks to Marnie Seymour who, with her husband, worked at Oak Ridge. "Out of the eighteen couples at the motel we lived in, most have never been able to have children. We are rather fortunate. We have four children. Two have birth defects." (Later, living in "very swish" New Canaan, she'd see the Hiroshima Maidens, brought over by Norman Cousins, at the supermarket.) There are several things to be said about Terkel, and his material. He has sought out people with real, unpredictable, history-brushing (sometimes history-revising) stories - but also persons whose experiences could be called typical, who become archetypal (like Chicago business executive Robert Ramos, "the skinny nineteen-year-old kid who's gonna prove that he can measure up"). He has a light intermix, too, of onlookers and leaders - yielding comments from both Pauline Kael and a retired admiral on the vacuousness of WW II films (but contrast, as well, between Kael's approval of The Clock and a war bride's contempt). He doesn't, however, construct his groupings mechanically, to make obvious points: blacks, for instance, turn up everywhere; under the rubric "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" we hear only from Marine Andrews; pronouncements on Vietnam differ, one after another Pacific veteran attests to gratitude for the Bomb. What is inescapable, though, is the recognition of war as brutal, and brutalizing; the reservations about "the Good War" utterable only in Vietnam-and-after retrospect. (Kirkus Reviews)
Titel: The Good War
Verlag: Pantheon Books
Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Dust Jacket Included
Signiert: Signed by Author(s)
Art des Buches: book
Zahlungsarten, die dieser Verkäufer akzeptiert
World of Rare Books
Goring-by-Sea, WTSX, Vereinigtes Königreich
AbeBooks Verkäufer seit 6. April 2009
If at all you are unhappy with your purchase from World of Rare Books please do not hesitate to let us know, we offer full customer service and 100% satisfaction guaranteed. If you have have not been happy with your purchase a replacememt copy or refund can be arranged.
Orders usually ship within 2 business days. International orders are sent by air mail. Shipping costs are based on books weighing 2.2 LB, or 1 KG. If your book order is heavy or oversized, we may contact you to let you know extra shipping is required.
Anbieterinformationen: World of Rare Books only sells PRE ISBN or collectable books, we have a large volume of stock and add 5000+ new logs per week. We are based on the south coast and will happily answer any emails or phone calls about any of our stock. Our aim is 100% satisfaction - Always. Office hours are 8am - 9pm Monday - Friday.