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When Books Went to War: The Stories That Helped Us Win World War II Paperback – 27 Oct 2015


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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; Reprint edition (27 Oct. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780544570405
  • ISBN-13: 978-0544570405
  • ASIN: 0544570405
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.9 x 20.8 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 685,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A readable, accessible addition to World War II literature [and] a book that will be enjoyed by lovers of books about books. Boston Globe

Four stars [out of four] . . . A cultural history that does much to explain modern America.
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When America entered World War II in 1941, we faced an enemy that had banned and burned 100 million books. Outraged librarians launched a campaign to send free books to American troops andgathered 20 million hardcover donations. In 1943, the War Department and the publishing industry stepped in with an extraordinary program: 120 million small, lightweight paperbacks for troops to carry in their pockets and rucksacks in every theater of war. These Armed Services Editions were beloved by the troops and are still fondly remembered today. Soldiers read them while waiting to land at Normandy, in hellish trenches in the midst of battles in the Pacific, in field hospitals, and on long bombing flights. They helped rescue The Great Gatsby from obscurity and made Betty Smith, author of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, into a national icon. When Books Went to War is the inspiring story of the Armed Services Editions, and a treasure for history buffs and book lovers alike.

A thoroughly engaging, enlightening, and often uplifting account . . . I was enthralled and moved. Tim O Brien, author of The Things They Carried

MOLLY GUPTILL MANNING is the author of The Myth of Ephraim Tutt and several articles that appeared in publications such as the Columbia Journal of Law and the Arts. She is an attorney for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, in New York City.
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MOLLY GUPTILL MANNING is a staff attorney at the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and sits on the board of editors of the Federal Bar Council Quarterly. She earned a B.A. and M.A. in American history from the University at Albany and a J.D. at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Molly lives in Manhattan with her husband.


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