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An UnSung Hero: Coming of Age in the Dust Bowl (A Greatest Generation Account Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

William M. Forsythe , Majetta Morris , Michael R Lewis Jr
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Growing in a small Texas town in the midst of the Great Depression, pummeled by the mighty dust storms so devastating that the region was known as the "Dust Bowl", and coping with a diagnosis of tuberculosis at age 15, Jimmy Ray Lewis and his family experienced hardship, loss, and community rejection. This book is the story of forgiveness, family strength, and faith that life would be better if they could just "keep on keeping on".
It is a story of a simple life before modern bathrooms, electricity, paved roads and highways, or radios when neighbors helped neighbors and a person's word was his bond, a time when the audible utterance of the words "damn" or "hell" could result in ejection from a store or cafe. Jimmy and friends entertained themselves with homemade stilts and scooters, warred across the neighborhood with rubber guns, and the worst Halloween prank was putting a potato in a neighbor's exhaust pipe. The era and the values it represented became the foundation shared by the members of the Greatest Generation.

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About the Author

William M. Forsythe is a relative of the storyteller—Jimmy R Lewis— and a retired business executive who has previously written articles and books about business management and finance. This is his first biography.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1450 KB
  • Print Length: 134 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Red River Press of Texas; 1 edition (June 1, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #608,363 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tough Times; Simple Times July 27, 2014
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Life for adults in the 1920s and 30s was a constant struggle to survive: to stay employed; pay bills; keep food on the table; provide necessities for your children; and there was never the time or the money for leisure activities. A quarter was a lot of money. An Unsung Hero, narrated by the author's father as a youngster back then, intrigued me and left me longing for simpler times when children used their limited resources and imaginations to find fun in their lives instead of staying cooped up inside buildings staring at glowing rectangles like they do now. The author's vivid descriptions and attention to detail bring that entire time period to life, and it is surprisingly appealing. I was disappointed when I got to the last page because I wanted to keep following Jimmy Lewis as he got older. Maybe a sequel some day?
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I liked this book a lot, but I only gave it four stars because the title is a bit misleading. I thought it would be about a child who lived "in" the Dust Bowl, but it's about a child who lived during those times. The book is interesting because of its careful attention to the details of childhood when the country is in a depression - electricity gets cut off intermittently because the money is needed for rent - the extraordinary sacrifices made by fathers and mothers to keep their kids in school - and the "mistake" of the medical community in a wrong diagnosis of TB. Fascinating, but not what I thought I was purchasing. Still, I'm glad I did.
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This book contains a lot of interesting detail on what it was like to grow up in the Texas panhandle in the 1930s. People back then made do with what they had, made their own entertainment, and without smart phones and iPads still managed to lead happy lives. There isn't too much here in the way of narrative, but the sense of place makes up for it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable light read August 29, 2014
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This is a straightforward but nostalgic biography of the author's father's childhood, growing up in Depression-era Oklahoma. The story is told with sharp detail and clarity to the point where you can practically smell the sweaty, dusty dirt streets and hear the sound of children playing in the summers of his small town. While certainly a simpler time, it also makes the reader appreciate some of our modern conveniences as well. The story of Jimmy's life hooked me to the point of wanting to learn more about the life he made for himself as an adult. Periodically, the book veered from storytelling to social commentary, but never preachy and never for long, and understandable considering the gap in lifestyles between JImmy's time and the present.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rating A -; recommended. September 4, 2014
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The book was good, as far as it goes. That's my major gripe.
The book reads like a true account of a boy coming of age in the late dust bowl/Depression years, in Oklahoma. The writing's good, the events ring true (I came in just after this time, but I recognize the challenges to a boy growing up in that era, before the US entered WWII), and it's well worth your time to buy and read this book.
But I was left with a feeling of "And then what, Mr Forsythe? What happened next?" That lack of an 'ending', a conclusion, dropped this one from a solid 5 stars to a 4.
If there's a sequel, I'll buy it.
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By D Hall
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I had a hard time putting this book down as Mr. Lewis's life brought alive my own father who also saw the depression and its impact on him and his family through a child and young man's eyes. It made me wish I had taken the time to chronicle his life as this author does. It was also a great way to see the enormous struggle our country was going through during this difficult time from an "everyman's" perspective. I can't wait to begin on the continuation of the book in Sniper's Target.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How fortunate we are to live in these times August 31, 2014
By ElaineZ
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How different life was just a few short decades ago. I think this book should be required reading for all the young people of today, just to let them see how fortunate they are to live in these times of excess. What I find amazing is that with as difficult as life was in those days, they seemed to find happiness in the little things. We all could learn a lot - to be thankful for all that we have.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun to Read--Good Rememberance of the Past February 23, 2015
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I enjoyed reading this book very much. _An Unsung Hero_ reminds me both of my youth and of tales my parents spoke of regarding their own. Many of the stories made me chuckle. My one complaint is lack of good editing. The book is a great read, both for those who want to relive earlier times vicariously and for those who just wish to learn more about the era.
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More About the Author

William M. Forsythe is the pen name for Michael R. Lewis. Lewis, a retired executive and business owner, regularly writes articles on Investing, Personal Finance, Business Management, and Economics. With more than 200 articles published in the last three years in blogs and magazines ranging from to Forbes Magazine and the Huffington Post.

The author determined that a pseudonym would benefit potential sales of his fiction and non-fiction books. For more information on Michael R Lewis, please visit his Author's Page

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