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Behind the Lines: Powerful and Revealing American and Foreign War Letters and One Man's Search to Find Them

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Publisher Comments:

From the editor of the phenomenal New York Times bestseller War Letters comes an even more powerful, more revealing collection of letters by soldiers and civilians from both sides in every major war in our history — all discovered during Andrew Carroll's extraordinary journey to thirty-five countries around the world.

Review:

"After it was released in June of 2001, Carroll's War Letters shot onto bestseller lists as the U.S. entered its first major war in 10 years. That collection selected 150 letters from 50,000 Carroll received after a Dear Abby mention of his Legacy Project, founded in 1998 to preserve soldiers' letters home; the book ranged from the Civil War to Bosnia. This follow-up reaches from the American Revolution to the war in Iraq and offers 200 letters along with 72 b&w photos and illustrations. All the letters were written 'during major American wars,' but not necessarily by soldiers or by Americans; Carroll culled many of them globe-trotting through 35 countries, from Poland to Iraq, over the past year (he tells the story of his journey in a moving introduction). As for the letters themselves, Carroll has made the very wise editorial decision of printing them as they were written, with misspellings, odd line breaks and regional references intact; letters in translation reproduce idioms and distinctive grammatical turns word for word. The letters are, almost without exception, arresting in their earnestness, sincerity and passion, and diverse in their sentiments — brave, fearful, amorous, angry, resigned, conniving, unbalanced, stoical. The result is captivating in its immediacy. Short head notes provide succinct context, but most speak for themselves. 50-state author tour." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"[T]his collection is unique, both in scope and content....This is a wonderful book that should remind us of the grinding pain endured by both those who serve and those who wait for them." Booklist

Review:

"Although Carroll claims to have no political agenda, he does emphasize military and civilian heroism (the quiet and the loud versions), and he does highlight religious views..." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

Following the phenomenal success of his third New York Times bestseller, War Letters, Andrew Carroll outdoes even himself with this unprecedented collection of 200 previously unpublished letters from soldiers fighting — on all sides — in every war in America's history, beginning with the American Revolution and continuing through the present-day war in Iraq.

About the Author

Andrew Carroll is the editor of three New York Times bestsellers: War Letters, Letters of a Nation, and In Our Own Words. He is also responsible for bringing back the "Armed Services Editions" (ASEs), which were pocket-sized editions of national bestsellers and literary classics handed out to U.S. troops stationed abroad during World War II. Carroll revived the ASEs in 2002, and he is responsible for distributing hundreds of thousands of the books to American servicemen and women in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other places around the world.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Forever Yours

Letters of Love, Family, and Friendship

Lines of Fire

Letters of Combat

Laughing Through the Tears

Humorous and Unusual Letters

Caught in the Crossfire

Letters by and About Civilians

Aftermath

Postwar Letters

Editor's Note

Acknowledgments, Permissions, and Sources

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743256162
Subtitle:
Powerful and Revealing American and Foreign War letters---and One Man's Search to Find Them
Author:
Carroll, Andrew
Author:
Carroll, Andrew
Author:
Andrew Carroll
Publisher:
Scribner
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Letters
Subject:
Soldiers
Subject:
General History
Subject:
History : Military - General
Subject:
Sports & Recreation-Sailing - General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
May 10, 2005
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
9.50x6.56x1.47 in. 1.70 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "After it was released in June of 2001, Carroll's War Letters shot onto bestseller lists as the U.S. entered its first major war in 10 years. That collection selected 150 letters from 50,000 Carroll received after a Dear Abby mention of his Legacy Project, founded in 1998 to preserve soldiers' letters home; the book ranged from the Civil War to Bosnia. This follow-up reaches from the American Revolution to the war in Iraq and offers 200 letters along with 72 b&w photos and illustrations. All the letters were written 'during major American wars,' but not necessarily by soldiers or by Americans; Carroll culled many of them globe-trotting through 35 countries, from Poland to Iraq, over the past year (he tells the story of his journey in a moving introduction). As for the letters themselves, Carroll has made the very wise editorial decision of printing them as they were written, with misspellings, odd line breaks and regional references intact; letters in translation reproduce idioms and distinctive grammatical turns word for word. The letters are, almost without exception, arresting in their earnestness, sincerity and passion, and diverse in their sentiments — brave, fearful, amorous, angry, resigned, conniving, unbalanced, stoical. The result is captivating in its immediacy. Short head notes provide succinct context, but most speak for themselves. 50-state author tour." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "[T]his collection is unique, both in scope and content....This is a wonderful book that should remind us of the grinding pain endured by both those who serve and those who wait for them."
"Review" by , "Although Carroll claims to have no political agenda, he does emphasize military and civilian heroism (the quiet and the loud versions), and he does highlight religious views..."
"Synopsis" by , Following the phenomenal success of his third New York Times bestseller, War Letters, Andrew Carroll outdoes even himself with this unprecedented collection of 200 previously unpublished letters from soldiers fighting — on all sides — in every war in America's history, beginning with the American Revolution and continuing through the present-day war in Iraq.
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