When Books Went to War
The Stories That Helped Us Win World War IIBook - 2014
Chronicles the joint effort of the U.S. government, the publishing industry, and the nation's librarians to boost troop morale during World War II by shipping more than one hundred million books to the front lines for soldiers to read during what little downtime they had.
From Library Staff
The curiously compelling history behind the selection, design, and distribution of life-saving books to WWII soldiers. It is fascinating to learn which novels were chosen and uplifting to imagine homesick soldiers trading a copy of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn like a rare treasure.
An immensely readable tale of a forgotten but vital wartime effort, one to get portable entertainment and comfort to soldiers on the front lines and eventually the rest of the world. “…men are reading where men have never read before.”