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The Good War: An Oral History of World War II

!!> PDF ✯ The Good War: An Oral History of World War II ⚣ Author Studs Terkel – Buyphenergan500.us
  • Paperback
  • 591 pages
  • The Good War: An Oral History of World War II
  • Studs Terkel
  • English
  • 11 June 2019
  • 9780345325686

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  1. says:

    A collection of reminisces and insights on the war It s mostly American, but there are German, Japanese and Russian voices as well Even so, the years 1939 41 are almost totally ignored, which is a surprising weakness is what is otherwise an immensely important book The tales told here present hundreds of horrifying, bizarre and amazing images that linger on later Perhaps the most memorable is the legless ex GI, deformed from radiation and now become head of the National Association of Atomic Veterans, recounting his warm welcome in Japan and his treatments there, while the US government blocked all treatment at the VA hospital for fear of admitting negligence And still he spouts patriotic sentiment.From the varied accounts the bombers and the bombed, the journalists and grunts and top brass four main themes emerge The first is how utterly naive, with the exceptions of a few so called Premature Anti Fascists, Americans were in 1941 A war was going on and almost all of them ignored its progress, ignored the likelihood of attack The second is the attitudes Americans had after the war prosperity became a right, and confidence was very high, among women and blacks as well as veterans The third is the pervasive and deep racism of the Army and the U.S Apparently white GIs told the English that blacks had tails Blacks were shot and hanged by white soldiers And they were fighting fascism The fourth theme is the distrust that Americans came to feel for their government Vietnam is mentioned again and again the Russians as allies to enemies is cited And, since the book was compiled the 80s, there is a palpable sense of fatalism in many of the stories a feeling the bomb can drop any moment Another WWII legacy.


  2. says:

    This was a really readable history of different aspects of World War Two, covering the European and Pacific theatres, through interviews with participants and eyewitnesses While mostly oral histories with Americans, Turkel has also interviewed people from Japan, Germany and several other countries as well.


  3. says:

    The Good War is advertised as an oral history of World War II as told by veterans and citizens on many fronts which, technically, it is However, Terkel seems to have taken a definite anti war stance with this book Rather than presenting a balanced view of World War II by telling both the positive and the negative, he has chosen to include interviews with a disproportionate number of veterans who were discriminated against or were treated poorly by their officers people who were victims of bombing campaigns or war workers of questionable moral fiber who had no idea why we were fighting and were just in it for the money In reading this book, one gets the impression that the average citizen was ambivalent about the war effort, and that anyone in the Army above the rank of private was a strutting martinet.While I don t doubt that any of the things that happened to these people are true, I have read enough books of similar premise to know that the vast majority of soldiers and citizens felt positive about what the Allies were doing, liked and respected their leadership, and wanted to contribute in a meaningful way to the war effort Terkel seems to have chosen to interview the dregs and victims rather than the average citizen or soldier In that respect, I think he fails to capture the true spirit of the era.


  4. says:

    World War II was the background of my childhood I was 6 when it started and 10 at the end At that age, what is, is I accepted this setting for my young years and never thought about how strange it was to be in this situation It wasn t until years later that I began to understand.Here he interviews soldiers, sailors, marines, men, women, Americans, Germans, Japanese A full panoply of the participants, no matter what age, no matter at home or in battle.Studs Terkel is a maestro of the interview, and of editing it afterwards His book Working has long been one of my favorites He turns what must have been long, rambling interviews, full of stops and starts and repetitions, into smooth, easy, succinct reading.What strikes me most is how very many people speak of how WWII changed everything in the US How we lost our innocence about the world and about war.


  5. says:

    An important, indispensable book that should be required reading Terkel interviews a wide spectrum of people and gathers their reflections and experiences regarding World War II and the aftermath The range of people is remarkable We hear from GIs, Rosie the Riveters, scientists that helped make the A Bomb, Japanese Americans that were interred here in the U.S., and many, many other eyewitness accounts to history Terkel does not paraphrase the text retains the actual words of these individuals The organization is basically chronological but felt a little scattered a times I only wish there was a table of contents to allow for easier reference in the future The dates of the interviews would also be helpful Amazing reading.


  6. says:

    Author Terkel made a radio career of interviewing and he did well continuing using the format of oral histories in books, which I think is an easy way to write a book, but there s probably to it than I suspect In The Good War he continues the genre with short interviews of anywhere from a couple paragraphs to 5 or so pages in length, short and potent, of what folks did during World War 2 or how it affected their lives afterward Mostly Americans, but also a variety of all nationalities and all walks of life He talks to quite a few established people, that is, those whose professions are now columnists, writers, CEOs, professors etc While those experiences are no less important, their stories are polished I enjoyed the talks with the regular folks whose stories were a bit less organized, staccato remembrances, as if you could see them remembering as they spoke I began reading as if this were a book of the usual form, but after breezing through story after story, I found I wasn t giving the heartfelt tales their full appreciation, one over rode the previous one So I adapted a strategy of reading only one or two at a time, letting them soak in a bit At almost 600 pages, at this pace it can take a while to finish the book Published in 1984, the folks in The Good War are about the age of my Grandparents, Uncles, later, some coworkers, so I often felt I was listening to their stories The Good War is a Good Read.


  7. says:

    My 89 year old grandfather Joe fought in the war, and I know he s told me a few war stories before, but I m sad that I can only remember one Joe was the head of his infantry, and his little group had gotten their jeeps stuck in a muddy ditch outside of base They had been pushing for at least an hour, but the mud was really thick A general from base was calling for their men to report back for lunch in the mess hall Joe was getting annoyed that it was taking this long for the men to free their jeeps and report to base, so he fired one of his guns into the air a few times when the men had their backs turned The men were scared shitless, and apparently got their jeeps out of the mud in less than a minute after that General McArthur walked over to him and told him that he really didn t need to do that, but since it worked, he commended him on a good job I don t know how familiar you guys are with how important this guy was to WW2, but he was famous Here s a link


  8. says:

    Want to know how we fought Nazis since things are starting to look a little Nazi like Fearing a totalitarian regime and fascism Want to know how Americans of all walks of life came together and what came out of that This book is filled with their personal stories Studs Terkel is the man, he won the Pulitzer for this, and you should read it at least once in your life.


  9. says:

    Perfectly written, at times, laborious in meticulous detail How can I fault that Terkel had a true gift for describing what s important and captivating the reader.The stories these individuals tell are absolutely necessary to explain our World s history.I truly wish people would read this book History is not something that should simply slide from our memories Everything detailed in this book is an example of human nature that continues to exist.Terkel has a profoundly talented way of exposing necessary truths and telling future generations why WWII was so important globally and personally.Fantastic read.


  10. says:

    Review title Talkin World War III BluesDylan s song, serious in its frivolous lyrics, was poetry Terkel s oral transcripts of interviews about World War Two are poetic, but lyrical in their seriousness And the magic of Terkel s oral histories is that while we know that the raw material must be just that oral transcripts of interviews the finished product feels both less edited somehow, like snatches of kitchen table conversations, and profound because of it By this point in his career as a Chicago newspaper journalist Terkel had established his style in a handful of other oral histories, mostly about the topic of ordinary American dreams desired and lost, for example in the Great Depression Working, which would come after The Good War , is perhaps the pinnacle his style, as he captured people talking about work and what it means to the people sitting around the kitchen table Here, his topic is both focused, and universal Writing years before Tom Brokaw would memorialize the Greatest Generation, Terkel puts his title in quotes, not to suggest irony or diminish the impact of the phrase, but in recognition that to all people in all times the phrase may not hold true Certainly, defeating Hitler was a moral crusade even before we knew or allowed ourselves to accept of the death camps for Jews, and to most of the ordinary folks talking here the war was and remains a cause worthy to be called good, and one they would undertake again But Terkel also talks to many who at the same time look hard at the issues of racism in the American response Japanese Americans interred for the duration of the war, African Americans rejected for combat positions, ghettoized into menial positions, and treated as second class citizens with fewer rights than even the European prisoners of war they were guarding While he talks to the combat troops you would expect, Terkel also talks to their wives and the other women about the home front and working in the newly booming industries, and he talks to soldiers and civilians on the receiving end of the Allied war effort He includes military, political, and business leaders where appropriate, although none of the biggest names perhaps he couldn t get access to them in the unfiltered way he wanted, or perhaps he felt they already had sounding boards in other forums, but it would add to the value of Good War as a historical record if he could have gotten those leaders around the kitchen table He includes dissenters, both conscientious objectors then and those who came to reject the post war results of the Cold War, Korean and Vietnam Wars, and the nuclear arms race that turned the weapon that brought a seemingly miraculous end to the war into the Damoclean sword hanging over the human race The sessions with Japanese bomb survivors and American soldiers who went into Nagasaki just hours after the bombs to do cleanup and recovery work are among the most poignant and hardest to read Are Terkel s oral histories valuable as raw material for academic history By the strictest standards of representation and sample size, no, but they carry perhaps an even greater value because of the voice they give to those whose unfiltered thoughts aren t often solicited or recorded as they gather at the kitchen table And they make for compelling classics you want to devour and savor.

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