Voices of War

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  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2005-11-01
  • Publisher: National Geographic

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The experience of war has affected every generation in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and every soldier has a story to tell. Since the year 2000, the Veteran's History Project, a new permanent department of the Library of Congress, has been collecting and preserving the memories of veterans. In addition to more than 50,000 recorded oral histories, the Veteran's History Project has amassed thousands of letters, photographs, scrapbooks, and invaluable mementos from nearly a century of warfare. In the first book to showcase the richness and depth of this collection,Voices of Wartells a compelling, emotional, history of the experience of war, weaving together veterans' stories from in World Wars I and II, Korea, Vietnam, and the Persian Gulf. The stories are organized thematically into sections-from signing up to coming home, generations of veterans recall individual experiences that together tell the extraordinary story of America at war. Letters, photographs, sketches and paintings enrich the compelling oral history. Voices of Waris sure to provoke memories and reflection and truly honor the sacrifices made by millions of veterans who have fought to defend our freedom. Introduction by former Senator Max Cleland and an Afterword by Senator Chuck Hagel, both of whom are Vietnam veterans.

Author Biography

The Library of Congress, located in Washington, D.C., is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution. The Library's mission is to make its resources available and useful to Congress and the American people and to sustain and preserve a universal collection of knowledge and creativity for future generations.

Table of Contents

Foreword 7(2)
Ron Kind
Prologue 9(2)
Tom Wiener
Introduction 11(4)
Max Cleland
Answering the Call
A Day in the Life
Under Fire
They Also Serve
World War II Home Front
Coming Home
The Veterans History Project 318(3)
James Billington
Resources 321(1)
Afterword 322(2)
Chuck Hagel
Contributors 324(8)
Index 332

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