There are riveting accounts of battles, anecdotes describing lighter moments shared with comrades, touching inquiries about sweethearts and families, as well as more somber and philosophical musings about life and death. In a brief letter to his pastor in Pennsylvania, a World War I private asks probing questions about the role of God in war. A lieutenant serving in Holland during World War II describes the profound effect of a Yom Kippur service he attends. In a letter he considers almost a confession, a U.S. Marine writes to his priest back home about the opening weeks of Operation Iraqi Freedom and expresses his joy at helping Shiite Muslims regain the freedom to worship after decades of religious oppression.
Each piece of correspondence is introduced with a note explaining who wrote it, the circumstances under which it was written, and, if it is known, the fate of the writer. Although these letters and e-mails were all written in times of war, they transcend the subject of armed conflict. Anyone going through a difficult moment in life will find inspiration and courage in these powerful and insightful words.
©2007 Andrew Carroll; (P)2007 Tantor Media Inc.
"Andrew Carroll has given America a priceless treasure. These letters are intimate, deeply personal portraits of the courage, sacrifice, and sense of duty that made this country." (Tom Brokaw)
"Quite simply, this is one of the greatest, most riveting books of war letters I have ever read." (Stephen E. Ambrose)
"[A] stirring, moving, and sometimes hilarious collection." (Mark Bowden, author of Black Hawk Down)
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