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War Stories 1939-1945 : Recollections of Those Who Cried Paperback – December 1, 2000

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From the Publisher

Foreword: War Stories. Our first thoughts when we hear these words are of battle tales, victories and defeats, and fallen comrades. We expect, perhaps, to encounter recollections of battle scarred veterans eager to recount their adventures or boast their regiment's pivotal role in winning the war. Though these fighting tales are very much a part of the collective war experience, they are a small part; magnified and presented by many as the primary impressions and consciousness of the many men and women who've experienced war and its depravations. The great stories, the outstanding memories are more often the little ways of little things. The brief moments or overall emotions, the chilling fear on a particular night or the humorous incident that seemed surrealistic yet so refreshingly real. A moment of laughter, the taste of butter, the smell of fire and rubber and stagnant water, a child's dirty face and hungry eyes, even the growing indifference to the sound of sirens piercing the black stillness -- night after night after night. These are the things most remembered by those who remember at all. War Stories: 1939-1945 is a small compilation of World War II memories offered by men and women from Europe and North America who wish to share what they witnessed before no one is left to give an account at all. Bits and pieces of impressions stamped upon the minds and hearts of people, both military and civilian, who lived through a horrific time that could never be forgotten or erased. These are the memories of ordinary people who lived through extraordinary times. They saw, they trembled, they reacted, and they cried. Most importantly, they remembered.

Elaine Federici, Editor, Rose International Publishing House, Inc.

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This book is dedicated to the service personnel and civilians on both sides who lived through the greatest conflict in all of human history, and expecially to they who made the most notable of all sacrifices by giving their lives for the cause they served. In spite of what may have been the nature of that cause, there is no doubting the bravery and sacrifices on both sides. From London to Luebeck, Dieppe to Dresden and Belgrade to Berlin, from the Acropolis to the desert sands of El Alamein and the snow covered steppes of Russia, from the depths of the Atlantic U-boat war to the sea battles on the Mediterranean, and from the prisoner-of-war camps, there are millions of stories that have gone untold. We must never allow such a terrible loss as that witnessed by the twentieth century to be lost to history, It must stand for all time as a lesson all must learn, and learn from. We must not forget them, and neither must the future.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 124 pages
  • Publisher: Rose International Publishing House; First Edition edition (December 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1930574029
  • ISBN-13: 978-1930574021
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.9 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,408,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth M. Sylvia on May 18, 2001
"War Stories 1939-1945" is a very insightful account of the menories of people personally affected by the horrors of war. Written with meaning and purpose, this collection of short stories imposed a powerful impact on me. Percise, direct, and successful at tugging at my heartstrings,"War Stories 1939-1945" brought to home a part of history that I once felt unattached to. After reading this well written book, I now have a more sympathetic understanding of the sorrows,terrors, and tragedies that WWII afflicted on so many innocents. My only regret is that is was not longer.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karina Vita on April 8, 2001
Great writing, and the package is certainly not poor! War Stories by Bea Schmitt and Dennis Randolph Moore, is a compact book consisting of recollections by those who cried - due to the tragedies inflicted upon humanity during the Second World War. As the previous reviewer mentioned, the writing and research, beginning with the foreword, continuing with the 'memories' and concluding with the epilogue, is thoughtful, clear, precise and packs a powerful punch. The packaging consists of a full color laminated cover, the trim is Quality Trade Paperback, the paper upon which this book is printed on, is 60 lbs acid-free cream paper stock. This paper is standard for all books printed through Lightning Source, Inc., which uses excellent grade, expensive stock with long shelf life. The photographs are naturally OLD, black and white photographs, which were send to the publisher via e-mail, and were extensively worked upon by the publisher, in the program called Photoshop, to heighten the resolution as much as possible. NO SCANNER WAS USED for these photographs. While one can argue about that the cream color of the stock itself,is not quite complementary of black and white photographs, nevertheless, the opinion of the publishers' quality control was that the print and the photographs emit an aura of authenticity, a sense of heirloom letters and photographs passed on through generations. And indeed, this is the intention of the authors and the publisher, to pass on the memories of those who cried, on to the newer generations, while keeping the tone of their cries on the wind, authentic, and intact. Warm regards, The Publishers
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 31, 2001
To the writers I give five stars for excellent research and writing but feel compelled to remove stars for the product itself.
The few pages that I did read I found interesting, moving and impressive, but...
Minus 1 star = poor printing and fonts, seems the scanner used was not properly set showing lines across the pictures & fonts indicating lack of ink or other scanner problems throughout the book. Minus 1 star = weak graphics, although I found the photos interesting, the grahpic quality is just as poor throughout the book. It is not the age of the photos, it clearly shows the scanner lines, robbing the photos of their quality.
Minus 1 star = poor or lower grade in paper quality.
I also disliked trying to read the book and gave it up when I had to figure out the half printed fonts some that were meant to be "H" but looked like "I" as it is with the entire book. I felt it was a very poor printing effort for the price! And it damaged the excellent writing skills and the history therein. The errors in printing caused me to loose interest in the book and its value in the story! Had the printing been to my satisfaction, I would have given it higher rating. Just do not like poor quality reading material. Especially when I tend to add a book to my extensive library collection.
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