The Good War

The Good War

An Oral History of World War Two

eBook - 1997
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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.
The Good War for which Terkel won the Pulitzer Prize, is a testament not only to the experience of war but to the extraordinary skill of Terkel as interviewer. As always, Terkel's subjects are open and unrelenting in their analyses of themselves and their experiences, producing what People magazine has called "a splendid epic history of World War II." With this volume Terkel expanded his scope to the global and the historical and the result is a masterpiece of oral history. "Tremendously compelling, somehow dramatic and intimate at the same time." & mdash; The New York Times Book Revi.
Publisher: New York : New Press, [1997]
ISBN: 9781595587596
1595587594
Branch Call Number: EBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Terkel, Studs 1912-2008
Notes: Originally published: New York : Pantheon Books, 1984

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Jun 06, 2010

Of my generation, out of a hundred that went to fight, three came back. Three percent. One should not ask those of us who remained alive what war means to them.

[...] I look at my children and grandchildren and I think: only centimeters decided whether they should be on this earth or not. Whether the bullet went that way or this way. They don't understand that they live life on this earth quite by accident. It was quite natural that I wouldn't be alive. But I lived and they happened. They can't understand that.

[...] In my short story, I recollect a phrase: "The bullet that killed us today goes into the death of centuries and generations, killing life which didn't come to exist yet."

I was the only one from our class who went to the front who remained alive after the war. What else is there to say?

Grigori Baklanov

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