IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATES

9781597972772

Thanks for the Memories: Love, Sex, and World War II

by
  • ISBN13:

    9781597972772

  • ISBN10:

    1597972770

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-07-31
  • Publisher: Univ of Nebraska Pr
  • Purchase Benefits
  • Free Shipping On Orders Over $35!
    Your order must be $35 or more to qualify for free economy shipping. Bulk sales, PO's, Marketplace items, eBooks and apparel do not qualify for this offer.
  • Get Rewarded for Ordering Your Textbooks! Enroll Now
List Price: $19.95 Save up to $1.00
  • Buy New
    $18.95

    USUALLY SHIPS IN 24-48 HOURS

Supplemental Materials

What is included with this book?

Summary

The collective consciousness of World War II revolved around the virtues of bravery, sacrifice, and commitment. Members of the "Greatest Generation" toed political and social lines in hopes of winning the war. They fell into lockstep, not asking many questions and breaking few social and sexual mores. Or did they? In fact, World War II, like all wars, was an era of sexual experimentation and a general loosening of morals. During this time of conflicting emotions and messages, of great sacrifice, and of discovery, some groups, especially women, experienced a relaxing of bonds that had kept them in check. Thanks for the Memories: Love, Sex, and World War II is the true story of how that generation responded to the fervor of war and how those passions changed their lives-and the relationships between the sexes-forever. But this book is more than that. As Jane Mersky Leder writes, "Thanks for the Memories opens the hearts and memories of a generation that is dying, by one estimate, at the rate of more than 1,000 a day." It not only exposes the Greatest Generation's sexual and romantic escapades, it underscores how those four war years revolutionized relationships (including those between gays) and helped set the stage for the second wave of the women's liberation movement. "Many who never thought their stories mattered," Leder writes, "now feel the pull of limited time, and the importance of leaving an accurate account for their children and grandchildren of what it was like to be a young man or young woman during World War II. This is their collective story."

Table of Contents

Introductionp. ix
Prologue: To My Parents-Morris and Shirley Merskyp. xix
Derailed Dreamsp. 1
"Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition"p. 15
"Eat, Drink, and Be Merry, for Tomorrow We May Die"p. 31
Discrimination in the Ranksp. 51
An Army of Service Wivesp. 75
Waiting Wives and Home Front Popular Culturep. 93
"Over Sexed, Over Fed, Over Paid, Over There"p. 115
"You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To"p. 133
Babies, Suburbia, and the Seeds of Changep. 155
Selected Bibliographyp. 169
Indexp. 175
Table of Contents provided by Ingram. All Rights Reserved.

Rewards Program

Write a Review