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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Welcome Books; First Edition edition (October 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599620855
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599620855
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.8 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #333,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Just the cover of this book can break your heart: an aged man in closeup, every wrinkle and blemish visible, holding a U.S. Navy emblem to his forehead, and he appears above the title: The Last Good War. The veterans of that war, WWII, are captured in Sanders's debut--in their 80s and 90s, male and female, black and white. Some wear parts of their original uniforms; others hold artifacts of the time, like battalion photos, newspapers, or canteens. One sailor, dressed in white shirt and tie, still wears his cap at a jaunty angle. Oral historian Kavass has collected brief reminiscences from the veterans that don't underplay the horrors of war, from the Bataan march to the deaths of friends. But most memorable are the faces: solemn, proud, occasionally smiling, some looking directly into the camera, others looking off to the distance as if remembering the events of long ago. Anyone who is close to a member of the "greatest generation" will treasure these wizened faces captured before the entire generation is gone. (Oct.) (c)
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Winner, 2010 Foreword Reviews' Book of the Year Award - Editor's Choice Nonfiction

“[A] richly produced book of contemporary portraits of WWII veterans and their stories that range from harrowing to humorous...A first-person narrative of the veterans’ WWII experiences gleaned from interviews and written by Veronica Kavass accompanies the meticulously rendered and brilliantly lit portraits by Thomas Sanders...This is not a sentimental retelling of America’s role in World War II.  These are personal, gripping stories, told first hand.  There is grit and blood, fear and heroism.”
- Chicago Tribune

"Photographer Thomas Sanders and oral historian Veronica Kavass set out to honor these hardy survivors before their stories pass from memory to history. The wrinkles on their faces testify to their pride and perseverance. Their eyes, dimmed with age but still full of vitality, have seen things that should not be forgotten."
- American History Magazine

“With heartfelt, perceptive variety, the remarkable portraits that distinguish this book reflect the range of their subjects’ experience. The concise text recounting each veteran’s reminiscences amplifies the impact. The combo hits home like a one-two punch.”
- World War II Magazine

"A brilliant collaboration of historic stories told from a variety of American soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen who fought long and hard for the safety of their country."
- The Photo Review

"Tom Sanders has...created a book that stands as one of our last great visual links to the storied faces of World War II."
- Rangefinder Magazine

 "This book contains a collection of 200 images that highlight the stories from pilots, soldiers, marines, and sailors to provide the reader with a clear understanding of a war that forever changed the world."
- Shutterbug Magazine

"The Last Good War: The Faces and Voices of World War II pairs striking black and white photos by Thomas Sanders with a collection of the untold stories of World War II vets, creating a rich personal chronicle of war experience."
- California Bookwatch

"A fantastic collection of faces and voices from the generation of men and women who served in the United States, Europe and the Pacific during the last global conflagration...Each story deserves exceptional recognition, because each is special, intimate, poignant, captivating - worthy of capture in this volume."
- North County Times

Starred Review. Just the cover of this book can break your heart: an aged man in closeup, every wrinkle and blemish visible, holding a U.S. Navy emblem to his forehead, and he appears above the title: The Last Good War. The veterans of that war, WWII, are captured in Sanders's debut--in their 80s and 90s, male and female, black and white. Some wear parts of their original uniforms; others hold artifacts of the time, like battalion photos, newspapers, or canteens. One sailor, dressed in white shirt and tie, still wears his cap at a jaunty angle. Oral historian Kavass has collected brief reminiscences from the veterans that don't underplay the horrors of war, from the Bataan march to the deaths of friends. But most memorable are the faces: solemn, proud, occasionally smiling, some looking directly into the camera, others looking off to the distance as if remembering the events of long ago. Anyone who is close to a member of the "greatest generation" will treasure these wizened faces captured before the entire generation is gone.
- Publishers Weekly

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The images are stunning and the stories told are touching.
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I am a younger reader who was not alive during WWII, but I found this book to be very powerful and well done.
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They pay tribute to the amazing men and women who gave so much for their country.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michael OConnor TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The cover of Thomas Sanders and Veronica Kavass' photo-tribute to WW II veterans says it all. A veteran, his eyes closed, is caught in close-up repose, a USN insignia pressed to his forehead. Who knows what long-ago memories occupy his mind? That image is the first of over 150 b&w and color photographs and accompanying reminiscences of servicemen and women found in THE LAST GOOD WAR, THE FACES AND VOICES OF WORLD WAR II, a long-overdue and quite affecting tribute to some wonderful Americans.

THE LAST GOOD WAR is a smorgasbord of imagery and narrative. Some veterans are photographed in color; some in black and white. Many feature then-and-now pix. Some photographs have accompanying narratives; others just list the person's name, rank and branch of service. Some vets face the camera head-on; others look off to the side. Some are smiling; some pensive; some sad. Their faces reflect the quiet modesty, can-do determination and innate decency that typifies those of the Greatest Generation who fought in World War II. Typically, none enjoyed being called a "hero" but all avowed that they did serve with heroes!

The accompanying reminiscences, which vary in length from brief comments to three-page narratives, reflect those qualities. One ex-Army Private bluntly states "Nothing to say. It's in the past." Another Army vet, this time a Sergeant, admits "I do not watch war pictures or talk war. It is hell." A third remarks that "I spent five years in the Army. I was a damn good soldier." The lengthier pieces are often poignant remembrances of long-ago innocence,treasured comrades and exciting, sometimes terrifying, events.

It's easy to get swept up in the emotion of THE LAST GOOD WAR.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Angela on November 18, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The Last Good War is a beautifully made "coffee-table" book that encaptures the personal war memories and thoughts of WWII American soldiers. This is our history, told from a very personal and intimate perspective. This book puts individual faces to our country's history. It is an important "voice" from the past that is emotionally charged with visual and written truth and perspective.

I am a younger reader who was not alive during WWII, but I found this book to be very powerful and well done. It will resonate, not only with those who lived through this period of history, but also with younger readers who are interested in learning more about WWII. I give it my top ratings.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Jones on November 29, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a "must-have" for anyone who enjoys WWII history or the military. Tom's photographs are beautiful and haunting, telling stories in and of themselves. There is something hard to describe about the images, but there are more than portraits. They pay tribute to the amazing men and women who gave so much for their country. I can't recommend it more highly.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By a.mitchell on November 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
As a fan of history and photography, I cannot recommend this book enough. Sanders did a good job photographing a diverse cross section of WWII survivors. The men and women who are featured recall incredible acts of bravery and heroism, unselfishness and sadness. I felt connected to the people Sanders photographed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By wogan TOP 100 REVIEWER on November 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Never before or since have Americans joined together to support a cause like they did during WWII. This book honors those veterans and does such a good job in not forgetting the problems and tribulations that some of the soldiers faced that did not pertain to the enemy - the Nisei malcontents, the blacks, the women in the services and the unfair treatment these men and women received.
The photographs are usually a full page as well as the veterans recollections, and usually included is a picture from the time period of WWII. The photos are harsh and give these men and women the view of wear and age, but with great dignity. There are footnotes to explain anything in the veteran's story that might bring about a question, whether it is a military term, a battle or a town or a military station.
In total this is a marvelous remembrance of WWII and history and the men and women that served and survived and were just doing their job and what was expected of them.

The one off-putting spot was a quote on one of the first pages of the book, "the world must know what happened, and never forget". This was a quote directly pertaining to the death camps; said by Eisenhower when he was visiting them. Yes it occurred during WWII, but it does not relate to not forgetting about the war... a better example could have been found to honor the whole of the war that these men fought.

Give this book it to a veteran or one who loves a veteran or the military service, it is a book to learn about history and most of all the men and women that make the history
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Griffith on November 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
If you have ever known someone who fought in WWII you will be touched by this book. The images are stunning and the stories told are touching. I'm buying multiple copies as gifts for the holidays.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Maricar on November 18, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The Last Good War: The Faces and Voices of World War II

My father-in-law, Ernie V. Cortez, is featured in this awesome book. We received this book two days before his 91st Surprise Birthday Party. As he entered the main door, he saw his closeup photo and as he picked up the book, he said: "this is the best 91st birthday gift". He shaked his head of disbelief that his STORY is finally told. Dad Ernie is now 91 years old and he still able to recount the event that took place during his successful escaped from the death march in Bataan, Philippines.

I personally would like to thank Thomas Sanders and Veronica Kavass in putting this book together. An awesome book. Dad Ernie has enjoyed being your guest of honor during the book signing and I am very honored to meet both of you as well. This book will be permanently displayed in our home to share with friends and family. Good luck.
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