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When books went to war : the stories that helped us win World War II

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內容簡介top When Books Went to War 簡介 ?i>When Books Went to War winds up feeling like the bibliophile equivalent ofIt a Wonderful Life.??Janet Maslin, New York Timeshether or not youe a book lover, youl be moved by the impeccably researched tale. Grade: A.??i> Entertainment Weeklyhoroughly engaging, enlightening, and often uplifting . . . I was enthralled and moved.??Tim O'BrienWhen America entered World War II in 1941, we faced an enemy that had banned and burned over 100 million books and caused fearful citizens to hide or destroy many more. Outraged librarians launched a campaign to send free books to American troops and gathered 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 their rucksacks, in every theater of war.Comprising 1,200 different titles of every imaginable type, these paperbacks 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 wrote to the authors, many of whom responded to every letter. They helped rescueThe Great Gatsby from obscurity. They made Betty Smith, author of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, into a national icon.When Books Went to War is an inspiring story for history buffs and book lovers alike.

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