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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 444 pages
  • Publisher: Zonicom Press, LLC; 1ST edition (September 5, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977849309
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977849307
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,992,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A moving reading experience that will explore many parts of your own heart and soul -- Military Writer's Society of America

Book is rare in its style, and one that anybody with an interest in history should read. -- Nevada Herald-Tribune February 4, 2007

Fascinating historical information of the South Pacific battles from a pilot assigned to work with ground forces. -- General Aviation News - December 1, 2006

Frederick's book puts a very human face on the events surrounding the Pacific Theatre of World War II. -- American WWII Orphans Network

The letters show an insight that only a Veteran of that era would have experienced. -- Bob Johnson - 1st Cavalry Association

From the Publisher

Clinton Frederick returned to his grandparents' house in 2002. In the attic, just as he'd remembered, were Japanese swords, parachutes, and other memorabilia from WWII. In a trunk stuck back under the rafters, Clinton made a discovery that would change his life forever. Inside were more than hundred letters written by his father, Captain George Frederick.

This correspondence, most of which Capt. Frederick had written to his mother, chronicled from a most personal standpoint some of the major events that shaped the world. The letters also allowed Clinton Frederick, for the first time in his life, to know what his father was really like.

WWII - A Legacy of Letters, is a true story of love and war. In it, Frederick artfully weaves together his father's letters with historical information about some of the most important military campaigns of the war. History is too often simply a dry recitation of dates, events, and people. Frederick's book puts a very human face on the events surrounding the Pacific Theatre of World War II. Readers will find the author's discoveries about his father to be extraordinarily moving.


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In 2002, I visited my cousin in New Jersey who lives in our Grandparents house. I asked, "What ever happened to all those old trunks in the attic?" She replied, "When I remodeled I had the workers push them back under the rafters." "Did you ever look in the trunks?" "No". So the next morning I found the attic access and crawled in under the rafters. I opened one of the trunks. In that trunk was a box of letters my father had written to my Grandmother. These letters buried for over 50 years follow my father's career from the outbreak of WWII, training to become a Glider Pilot, and then into the South Pacific with the 5th AAF. My book "WWII: A Legacy of Letters - One Soldiers Journey" inter-relates the events of WWII, particularly the battle for the Admiralty Islands in 1944, with life on the home front. I'm particularly pleased with the 5 star reviews I have received on Amazon.com from the hardcover edition. Even the one 3 star review said it was a very good read.

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A great read for everybody!
Susan G. Murschell
I found it thoroughly enjoyable, informative reading with an ending that will touch your heart.
Larry Waylan Starr
He felt his father's pride of accomplishment, his frustrations, and his love of travel.
Arnold Howard

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Arnold Howard on January 19, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a son's loving tribute to a father he never met. Captain George Frederick was killed in combat during the Admiralty Island campaign of World War II.

Captain Frederick wrote dozens of letters home during the war. Almost 60 years later, his son, Clinton Frederick, discovered the soiled, yellowed letters safely stored away in trunks. The bundles of letters had been left undisturbed in Clinton's grandparents' attic along with two Japanese rifles and a razor-sharp samurai sword.

I imagine that Captain Frederick's grieving parents were careful to save the treasured letters yet also could not bear to read them again. The book consists of those letters interlaced with the history of the Admiralty Island campaign.

Through the miraculous discovery of the letters, the author got to know his father. He felt his father's pride of accomplishment, his frustrations, and his love of travel. Through the letters, son Clinton could sense his father's inner feelings.

I recommend the book, because as I read it, I felt the love of a son for his father and the son's longing for their lost relationship.

The book is a tribute to a generation of young men who went off to fight a war they never wanted and especially to those who made the ultimate sacrifice in that war. I share Clinton Frederick's admiration for those men.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W. H. McDonald Jr. on October 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Author Clinton Frederick writes about his father who was killed in WWII just four months after his own birth. In this sentimental and emotionally touching book "World War II: A Legacy of Letters - One Soldier's Journey" he takes readers on a journey of discovery about not only his father but about the war, the era and the attitudes of that time and place in our history. He not only shares long lost letters that his father wrote, but he adds information that he researched about his dad's unit and what was going on in the war around the time of those letters home.

The author remembered that his father had old war souvenirs in the attic at his childhood home and in his adult years he comes back to rediscover them. He also finds a truck load of old letters that his father wrote home. He took this treasure trove of information and makes this one very endearing voyage of emotions. He finally gets a good look at understanding his dad and learns more about him then he ever knew. In the process of putting the book together he finds members of his dad's old unit and even finds out about his parent's best man at their wedding. He uses the letters, lots of conversations along with hours of researched data from government files, lots of help from strangers and family to compile lots of information about what his dad did in the war. It is a moving reading experience and one that will explore many parts of your own heart and soul.

Frederick does a masterful and skillful job of placing the letters into the flow of the book along with recaps of events and comments. The end deals with the death notices and the funeral of his father. It all works to paint this portrait of the real man his father was. This son truly honors his father's history and delivers a fine tribute to him.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
World War II: A Legacy of Letters One Soldier's Journey presents the authentic World War II correspondence written by author Clinton Frederick's father, Captain George Frederick, to Clinton's mother, then a young woman. A personal viewpoint of unfolding history, World War II: A Legacy of Letters chronicles Captain George's answer to President Roosevelt's desperate call for pilots, his service in the South Pacific, and his battles in New Guinea with the 7th Australian Infantry Division and the 1st Cavalry Division into the Admiralty Islands. A handful of black-and-white photographs illustrate this behind-the-scenes glimpse of life on and off battlefields in the sky and the ground.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W. H. McDonald Jr. on April 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Author Clinton Frederick writes about his father who was killed in WWII just four months after his own birth. In this sentimental and emotionally touching book "World War II: A Legacy of Letters - One Soldier's Journey" he takes readers on a journey of discovery not only his father but about the war, the era and the attitudes of that time and place in our history. He not only shares long lost letters that his father wrote, but he adds information that he researched about his dad's unit and what was going on in the war around the time of those letters home.

The author remembered that his father had old war souvenirs in the attic at his childhood home and in his adult years he comes back to rediscover them. He also finds a truck load of old letters that his father wrote home. He took this treasure trove of information and makes this one very endearing voyage of emotions. He finally gets a good look at understanding his dad and learns more about him then he ever knew. In the process of putting the book together he finds members of his dad's old unit and even finds out about his parent's best man at their wedding. He uses the letters, many conversations along with hours of researched data from government files, lots of help from strangers and family to compile a multitude of information about what his dad did in the war. It is a moving reading experience and one that will explore many parts of your own heart and soul.

Frederick does a masterful and skillful job of placing the letters into the flow of the book along with recaps of events and comments. The end deals with the death notices and the funeral of his father. It all works to paint this portrait of the real man his father was. This son truly honors his father's history and delivers a fine tribute to him.
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