This volume begins with Willie and Joe in private life, covering the trials and difficulties of veterans returning from WWII. Likewise, this volume includes a number of Mauldin's political cartoons dealing with many American domestic and international issues of the day, especially the Red Scare, the KKK, war and peace, immigration, political attitudes, etc. Like Mauldin's WWII cartoons, this provides a unique history of the post-war life of many WWW II veterans, as well as a history of some of the attitudes of American's back home from Mauldin's viewpoint.
Some readers may be disappointed that many of the cartoons are not about Willie and Joe. Still, there are enough cartoons about their post-war life to make this volume worth purchasing. As such, this a good sequel to the compilation, Willie & Joe: The WWII Years by Bill Mauldin - Vol. II, or to Bill Mauldin's Army: Bill Mauldin's Greatest World War II Cartoons.
As a university professor, many of my students include veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. I have shown Mauldin's compilation, Bill Mauldin's Army, to many of the Army veterans, noting that this is their heritage. From talking to such veterans, it appears that while Army life has changed since WWII, in many ways things haven't changed. Thus, Mauldin's compilations provide a connection between these veterans and their predecessors.