The good war ( edition) | Open LibraryNo matter how gruesome the memories are, relatively few of the interviewees said they would have been better off without the experience. It was a central and formative experience in their lives. Although , Americans perished, the United States itself was not attacked again after Pearl Harbor, the economy grew, and there was a new sense of world power that invigorated the country. Some women and African Americans experienced new freedoms in the post war society, but good life after World War II was tarnished by the threat of nuclear war. Terkel quotes from interviewees in the introduction of The Good War : "We were in a tribal sort of situation [in the army], where we could help each other without fear. I realized that it was the absence of phony standards that created the thing I loved about the army. And I said, 'Yes, but I'd hate to pay for it with my son.
The good war : an oral history of World War Two
The book is a collection of interviews done by Terkel following World War Two. Terkel takes readers on a journey from the first bombings of Pearl Harbor to the excitement of war to the horrors of concentration camps to the dropping of the A-bomb. The stories range from the humorous exploits of young GI men to the adoring memories of young women attracted to young soldiers to the horrifying accounts of men coerced by their government to assist with tests of deadly bombs. Terkel does not interject his own opinions, but simply allows those interviewed to tell their stories. Terkel then combines these accounts into subjects, so that each topic is covered from a variety of different angles and viewpoints. In this way, Terkel allows the reader to make his or her own conclusions as to the merits of World War Two. The interviews begin with personal accounts of the attack on Pearl Harbor and stories of young men and women as they experienced the beginnings of the war as soldiers, entertainers, pilots, women workers, and boys too young to fight.
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Oral history evokes the innocent idealism, as well as the terror and horror, of ordinary Americans at home and abroad during World War II. Read more Rating: not yet rated 0 with reviews - Be the first. Ebook Library. ProQuest Ebook Central. Please choose whether or not you want other users to be able to see on your profile that this library is a favorite of yours.