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The Home Front: Life in America During World War II

Narrated by: Martin Sheen
Length: 8 hrs
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Narrated by award-winning actor Martin Sheen, The Home Front: Life in America During World War II takes listeners into the lives of Americans at home who supported the war effort and sustained the country during wartime. The war brought immediate, life-changing shifts; from the rationing of butter, to an explosion of war-related jobs, to mixed-signals about the role of women in society. Feel what living in the United States was like for everyday people during this disruptive and uncertain period of American history in this Audible Original series. Executive producer was Martha Little. Series producer was Dan Gediman.

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Unvarnished Perspective of PPatriotism & Prejudice

An attempt as an "unvarnished" presentation of the flaws of people, patriotism, prejudice, presidents, politics and prejudice that characterized the US during WWII. I appreciated the educational aspects of this series, and the effort to avoid "romanticizing" the War in any way--but there is a disappointing lack of balance in almost every chapter. There is a clear agenda: to focus mainly on the negative aspects of American life and spotlight the hypocrisy of US society and policy. Much of this is interesting and needs to be told (for those who can handle it). And as Jack Nicholson's military commander character shouted in "A Few Good Men": The TRUTH? You can't handle the truth!"
But truth-telling also requires a balanced effort to describe the powerful reality of the strength of the US populace and how the war ultimately unified a great diverse democracy to rise up and defeat the murderous totalitarian powers in Europe and Asia which posed the gravest, most brutal threat to freedom in the history of the world.

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Incredible stories, told in first hand accounts

This is one of the best series I've ever listened to. it felt like an amazingly in-depth podcast, with hours of content organized both chronologically and by topic. I was blown away by the honest and complex narratives of what world War II was really like, told by people who lived through the era. It provided so much more context than in typical narratives. it told the story of women, Black individuals, Japanese American and Japanese individuals in the US, Jewish stories, and more. There were first-hand narratives from people who supported the war and first-hand narratives of people who opposed it. Martin Sheen was incredible as the overall narrator as well. I feel incredibly grateful to all the historians who helped put together these recordings that I was fortunate to listen to.

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Awesome

Most people today have no idea about the history of the war and post-war. Our schools have completely dropped the ball on this. I wish I could influence someone to stop teaching all the socialist garbage, whether it is being overtly taught or just being taught by opinion and attitude.

This presentation is excellent and informative; everyone should hear it. Martin Sheen is an excellent narrator.

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WW2 the rest of the story

I thought I knew what happened during ww2 until I listened to this story. This book exposes things that happened during the war that were either romanticized, downplayed, or never talked about. If you want to understand ww2 you have to listen to this.