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Soldier from the War Returning: The Greatest Generation's Troubled Homecoming from World War II Paperback – Bargain Price, May 12, 2010
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Childers chronicles three families in this book. Willis Allen and his crumbling marriage to Grace after he returns from the war with no legs. Mildred and Tom Childers (the author's own parents) who are unable to re-establish trust in each other after recriminations of infidelity and the death of Mildred's beloved brother in Germany. Michael Gold and his long-term PTSD that would cause him to break out in violent rages and jeopardize his medical career. It's a fascinating, intimate and ultimately very revealing book that brings home the fact that when you've lived through a war, for you, it never ends. Even those who succeeded in coming home and starting fresh were haunted by dreams or "temper tantrums" and divorce rates for veterans skyrocketed after the war ended. The men came back angry, the women didn't trust them, and both sides struggled to form deeper connections.
This is not a happy book. The people who populate it are desperately unhappy much of the time, going through the motions of a Norman Rockwell existence that never materialized for them.Read more ›
I recently had the opportunity to meet one of the soldiers from this book through my envolvement with, Operation Vet2Vet, at the VA medical center in Providence, R.I. Mr. Michael Gold is a retired doctor who volunteers his time to assist the latest generation of warriors in their adjustment to civilian life. With his years of coping with and over coming the effects of PTSD in his daily life, Mr. Gold dispenses his wisdom, offering hope for a better life to our returning heroes from Iraq and Afganistan.
Through his extensive research, Professor Childers has answered the question why grandfathers, fathers, husbands, uncles and the "Crazy" ole man down the street, were never the same after the war. Suffering in silence and often condemned, our veterans, who experienced the horrors of combat, deserve our love and understanding (Even though belated), in their struggle to, "Fit In".Read more ›
Childres book describes painfully clear that many veterans, either with or without physical wounds, were scarred by the experience of war. They and their families suffered for many years, often up to this day.
This book is highly recommended for everyone who likes the books by Stephen Ambrose, but is willing to look at the more painful side of the war. Also families of veterans will draw strength from the experiences masterfully described in this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was a bit confusing to follow - but excellent and personal information on such a unique and vital time in our history. A time none of us should ever forget. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Nancy D
One of the best books written on the Second World War and it's legacy. Certainly the best book written on the subject in the last 15 years.Published 2 months ago by Samuel Clemens
The book was all right. I thought it was going to be a more comprehensive overview of readjustment issues that veterans of WWII faced but it wasn't exactly that. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Ben
I am related to one of the minor characters in the book, so I was interested in it initially because of that. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Resi3
I have little to add to the fine reviews of his book already posted. I bought it the same day an alleged Vietnam vet in front of a supermarket was selling magnets and I bought a... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Louie
This well- researsched and well-written book really brought home the universay experiences of soldiers returning from war, whether it be a "good war" as WWII is... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Judy Crowder
So much was glossed over in the rush to normalization. This book will set that straight for you. I thought I knew just about everything one person could possibly know about WWII. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Monchichipox
I read this book as a requirement for my American History II class. I, as always, dreaded the idea of having to read anything for school. Read morePublished on April 25, 2014 by Amy Sinclair