Synopses & Reviews
The companion volume to the magnificent seven-part PBS series
The individuals featured in this audiobook are not those of historians or scholars. They are ordinary men and women who experienced-and helped to win-the most devastating war in history, in which between 50 and 60 million lives were lost.
Focusing on the citizens of four towns-Luverne, Minnesota; Sacramento, California; Waterbury, Connecticut; Mobile, Alabama-The War follows more than forty people from 1941 to 1945. Woven largely from their memories, the compelling, unflinching narrative unfolds month by bloody month, with the outcome always in doubt. The iconic events are here, but we also move among prisoners of war, defense workers and schoolchildren, and families who struggled simply to stay together.
An intimate, profoundly affecting chronicle of the war that shaped our world, The War captures the American experience of World War II through the words and deeds, thoughts and feelings of those who made history on the battlefields and on the home front.
"A striking and philosophical look at the everyday citizens who helped shape the course of WWII, The War is masterfully narrated by author Burns and an assortment of Hollywood talent, including Tom Hanks and Josh Lucas. This collection spans the American side of the war from 1941 to 1945, relating intimate tales in chronological order. The author's narration is solid and unwavering throughout, while brief but emotional interludes by the other readers lend a distinct theatrical quality to the material. The acting is brilliant and the material is psychologically gripping. Using personal letters from family members to soldiers overseas, critical events in the war are brought to life with stunning clarity. Headlong into character, Lucas's raspy, Southern tone makes him an unexpected standout, with his raw performances bringing a brutal realism to the story. Listeners will be engrossed for hours while history buffs will experience the war in a new, more personal light. Simultaneous release with the Knopf hardcover (Reviews, July 30). (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)