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Best Little Stories from World War II [Paperback]

By C. Brian Kelly (Author)
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Best Little Stories From World War II is a collection of more than 150 true stories that bring to life the triumph and tragedy of the second world war. Serving as a window into the lives of those who experienced the war -- soldiers and sailors, heroes and villains, leaders and ordinary people -- the book recounts in human terms the reality of a war that gripped the entire world. These inspiring, poignant, ironic, and sometimes tragic stories and anecdotes make World War II come alive with the thoughts and feelings of those who were there.

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"Best Little Stories of World War II" is a journalistic history of World War II in the form of more than 150 vignettes reflecting the war's humor and pathos, triumph and tragedy. Here is the story of the war as it affected soldiers and civilians, leaders and common folk alike - real people who bravely endured the times. While one can never learn or tell all their stories, one can honor their memories by recounting their amazing, inspiring, poignant, ironic, and yes, even pitiful stories in this war to end all wars.
Included are such stories as: Professor William Miller, who collapsed during a 75-mile "death march" in Germany and was saved b the same man who had rescued him from a car wreck in Pennsylvania five years earlier. Karl Fuchs, a German tank gunner who wrote tender letters to his wife as his Panzer division invaded Russia. Jim Kilroy, worker at a shipyard in Quincy, Massachusetts, whose say of signing off on his inspections became the morale-boosting slogan for countless GI's: "Kilroy was here." Kasuo Sakamaki, pilot of a midget submarine who was captured after a failed attempt to infiltrate Pearl Harbor. "Kitty," the diary of a Jewish teenager in Amsterdam rescued after the war by her father and published in thirty-two languages as "Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl.

These and many more stories and anecdotes fill the pages of this fascinating book that will make World War II come alive with the thoughts and feelings of those who were there.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Cumberland House
Pages   464
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.94" Width: 5.99" Height: 1.14"
Weight:   1.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 1998
Publisher   Cumberland House Publishing
ISBN  1888952857  
ISBN13  9781888952858  
UPC  610529000926  

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More About C. Brian Kelly

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! "C. BRIAN KELLY," a prize-winning journalist, is cofounder of Montpelier Publishing and a columnist and editor emeritus for Military History magazine. He is also a lecturer in newswriting at the University of Virginia. Kelly's articles have appeared in Reader's Digest, Friends, Yankee, Rod Serling's Twilight Zone, and other magazines. He is the author of several books on American history and resides in Charlottesville, Virginia.

C. Brian Kelly currently resides in Charlotte, in the state of Virginia.

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Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > History > Europe > General
2Books > Subjects > History > Military > General
3Books > Subjects > History > Military > World War II > General

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A must for history lovers  Dec 15, 2006
One of the fascinating things about war is the stories that come from it. Kelly has compiled over a hundred of these stories from World War II that would make any history buff proud. Books like this remind us that war is not only battles, generals and casualty rates. There is so much more beneath the surface. Wars are faught by people, by human beings, and when that many human beings share a common experience, there are certainly some good stories coming from it.

The short tales show us the war from the eyes of those who lived it. Some are comical, some are sad, some are better than others. If nothing else, this book portrayed the human side of the war, reminding me that even at our worst times we are not animals. For the history fan, I highly recommend it, but it would also be a good read for all the generations that never actually knew those of the Greatest Generation, the men and women who saved the world. These are their stories, and they make for great reading.
Light Reading at Its Best  Oct 27, 2002
This is a collection of 101 obscure stories (vignettes) from World War II, mostly anecdotal, human interest stories combed from a variety of sources. They cover the full gamut of the war -- all theaters, all mediums. One lesson to be drawn is that people will be people no matter what their circumstances. An easy, entertaining read. With each story standing alone, it's an excellent book for casual reading.
Good Stories + lots of them  Feb 20, 2002
This book was really fun to read -- the stories seem to flow pretty well one to another. They are arranged chronologically, and paint a vivid picture of the whole war for us who weren't there. Since each story has a different perspective and author, you get a well rounded taste of the heroes and horrors that came from the great clash of the 20th century. Best Little Stories of World War II is a wonderful choice for anyone interested in history or in WWII.
A Few Gems...but Overall Disappointment  May 26, 2000
"Best Little Stories From WWII" is somewhat of a misleading title. While the layout of the text is admirable...numerous short stories that can be read at leisure...the content of the majority of the stories is bland and unmoving. While a few of the stories are worthy of great praise, I found too many boring stories about the world's naval forces during the time period. After reading such great books from authors like Cornelius Ryan, Stephen Ambrose and Charles Marshall, I find that overall this book is missing much by comparison. The only reedeming quality this book has for me is that of a coffee table decoration.

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