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Best Little Stories from World War II Paperback – September 1, 1988


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Cumberland House; Revised & enlarged edition (September 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1888952857
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888952858
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 5.9 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,348,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This revised and expanded new edition of "Best Little Stories from World War II" will probably be as popular as the first edition was in 1989--maybe moreso. -- Easton Star Democrat, May 14, 1999

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First in our series of Best Little Stories historical books, Best Little/WWII has proven popular with veteran and general reader alike. Author Kelly is the former (and founding) editor of both Military History and World War II magazines, and he still contributes a Best Little Stories column to Military History. A former newspaper reporter as well (16 years at The Washington Star was his last stint), he teaches journalistic writing at the University of Virginia. He and his wife Ingrid own and operate Montpelier Publishing, publisher of the Best Little Stories historical books. Companion books also available at this time are: Best Little Stories from the Civil War by Kelly, including Varina: Forgotten First Lady by Ingrid Smyer, and Best Little Stories from the White House, again by Kelly, including First Ladies in Review, again by Ingrid Smyer. Here's what Practical Homeschooling magazine (November/December 1996) had to say about our series: "All three of these books fall in the 'can't put down' category." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Emil L. Posey on October 27, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is a collection of 101 obscure stories (vignettes) from World War II, mostly anecdotal, human interest stories combed from a variety of sources. They cover the full gamut of the war -- all theaters, all mediums. One lesson to be drawn is that people will be people no matter what their circumstances. An easy, entertaining read. With each story standing alone, it's an excellent book for casual reading.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Washburn on December 15, 2006
Format: Paperback
One of the fascinating things about war is the stories that come from it. Kelly has compiled over a hundred of these stories from World War II that would make any history buff proud. Books like this remind us that war is not only battles, generals and casualty rates. There is so much more beneath the surface. Wars are faught by people, by human beings, and when that many human beings share a common experience, there are certainly some good stories coming from it.

The short tales show us the war from the eyes of those who lived it. Some are comical, some are sad, some are better than others. If nothing else, this book portrayed the human side of the war, reminding me that even at our worst times we are not animals. For the history fan, I highly recommend it, but it would also be a good read for all the generations that never actually knew those of the Greatest Generation, the men and women who saved the world. These are their stories, and they make for great reading.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Prindle on February 20, 2002
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This book was really fun to read -- the stories seem to flow pretty well one to another. They are arranged chronologically, and paint a vivid picture of the whole war for us who weren't there. Since each story has a different perspective and author, you get a well rounded taste of the heroes and horrors that came from the great clash of the 20th century. Best Little Stories of World War II is a wonderful choice for anyone interested in history or in WWII.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Richard Novak on February 21, 2010
Format: Paperback
A more accurate title for this book would be "Little stories from WWll"
Many stories have no beginning and worse, have little or at best an anti climactical ending.
I'm NOT a WWll vet, however, I can come up with better stories than this book. Couldn't finish the book---too boring.
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I've heard of most of the story's before. I was very disappointe. It might be good for someone that's not a WW ll buff.
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