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Product Details

  • Paperback: 126 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; First Edition edition (March 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1482536269
  • ISBN-13: 978-1482536263
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #976,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr. Sheldon Winkler is an authority on the music of the Second World War and is a frequent contributor to World War II History magazine. He resides in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ruth and Richard Vlock on March 21, 2013
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A fascinating and well-written account of the music some of us were priviliged to have heard as children.
This book should appeal to both history and music buffs. As both a musician and an historian, Sheldon Winkler employs his vast erudition to illuminate many dark and obscure corners of history.There are many interesting facts about some famous and some not-so-famous players in the story of W.W. II.
I have no hesitation in highly recommending this book to anyone who has an interest in either World War II or the music of that era.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christos D Katsetos on August 3, 2013
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The Music of World War II: War Songs and their Stories, authored by Sheldon Winkler, is a delightful and captivating book which I cannot praise highly enough. The book identifies specific World War II events, happenings, and individuals that have been the subjects of popular wartime songs (and to a lesser degree movies), many of which are still popular today. Meticulously researched and thought provoking, the book compliments the author's expertise in music and history. The author has catalogued and compartmentalized war songs into six groupings, namely love, separation, and homecoming; patriotic; tribute; military service; faith, hope, and devotion; and novelty. The author brilliantly deciphers from a unique multifaceted perspective the lyrics and music of popular wartime songs including The White Cliffs of Dover, A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, and My Sister and I (all three of which are discussed in detail). Additional songs discussed are As Time Goes By, Der Fuehrer's Face, God Bless America, Johnny Zero, Lili Marlene, Miss Pavlichenko, Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition, Rosie the Riveter, The Ballad of Rodger Young, The Last Time I Saw Paris, and We're Gonna Hang Out the Washing on the Siegfried Line.

A unique and fascinating aspect of this book is the critical appraisal of the relationship between several popular World War II songs and British Security Coordination in Rockefeller Center, an intricate secret-operations organization, whose objective was to encourage American participation in World War II. The author asserts that World War II was indeed one of the most creative and productive periods of American popular music and wartime songs were vital for bolstering morale and support for the war effort both at home and among our fighting troops stationed abroad.

Once started, it is difficult to put this book down. A must read for World War II history buffs and music lovers.

Christos D. Katsetos
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By Frederick P. Leonard on December 18, 2013
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I was somewhat disappointed because I expected more. The book should have had more pages devoted to a lot more popular songs instead of dwelling on some obscure ones like Johnny Zero (8 pages), The ballad of Roger Young (4 pages) and Miss Pavlichenko (5 pages). I don't recall any of these three and I would be surprised if anyone else remembers them.
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the book was fair. the words to the songs should have been included.i lke the book because i lived that era
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By John H. Moss on August 15, 2014
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Entertaining and interesting read.
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More About the Author

Dr. Sheldon Winkler is Professor Emeritus at Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Adjunct Professor, School of Dental Medicine, Midwestern University, Glendale, Arizona. He previously served as Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Prosthodontics and Dean of Research, Advanced Education, and Continuing Education at Temple University School of Dentistry. Dr. Winkler is an educator, author, editor, researcher, and national and international speaker on prosthodontics, implant dentistry, dental materials, and geriatric dentistry. He has authored or co-authored six textbooks (including Essentials of Complete Denture Prosthodontics), approximately 185 articles and chapters in professional journals and textbooks, and founded the journal Implant Dentistry, which he edited for six years. Dr. Winkler is currently Senior Editor of the Journal of Oral Implantology.

Dr. Winkler serves as educational and prosthodontic consultant to dental schools throughout the world. He is President of the American Academy of Implant Prosthodontics and also serves as Executive Director of the Academy. He is the developer of the pour (fluid resin) technique for denture base processing.

In 1992 Dr. Winkler received the International Education Award, the highest honor of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. He was awarded a Journalism Award from the International College of Dentists in 1993, and was honored by Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, in 1995 with its Academic Devotion Award.

Dr. Winkler is an authority on music of the Second World War and has contributed articles to World War II History magazine. His book, The Music of World War II: War Songs and their Stories, was published in March of 2013 by Merriam Press.

Dr. Winkler received his D.D.S. from New York University College of Dentistry and completed his advanced training in prosthodontics at the School of Dental Medicine, State University of New York at Buffalo. He resides in Scottsdale, Arizona.


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