- Publisher: Natl Geographic Society
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1426212690
- ISBN-13: 978-1426212697
- Shipping Weight: 13 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
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Cronkite's War: His World War II Letters Home
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The average American soldier had access to the PX, with all the foods in it that were denied to the British. Cronkite spent most of his time living in London, and would take short periods to go to American airbases around Britain. He'd interview many of the bomber crews and his published articles brought home what the war was like.
However, the British had a term about American servicemen in England. They said that Americans only had three problems - "They were overpaid, oversexed, and over here." But of course that was how civilians saw them. The Nazis didn't give Americans any special treatment and tried to kill them just as much as they tried to kill British bomber crews.
When you read the little bits of Cronkite's articles you can see how he involved the American public in the war in Europe. But when it came to writing home to his wife, he was obviously very loving, but he could not put any details about the war. I searched for nuggets about life in England at that time, but there wasn't that much.
So, as someone said here, is one letter to his wife the same as all the rest? It's tempting to say that, but if you are separated from your loved one you will tend to repeat yourself. His wife was beautiful, from the photos in the book, and he obviously missed his dog as well. But I'm sure there were American soldiers all over Europe who were writing the same sort of things.
Cronkite was no coward.Read more ›
As you read the letters the young Walter wrote to his beloved Betsy, you see his brave front in perilous places, and can enjoy and admire his careful recounting of moments he had to know were historic in order that the woman who shared his life could share these times with him.
I love this historical period, and read and study everything I can about it. That aside, I grew up, as many of us did, watching Walter Cronkite bring honest journalism into my world, and now I am reading about the world that formed the man himself. It is heady stuff, and I recommend this book heartily.
Cronkite's War: His World War II Letters Home
Unfortunately, however, things don't work out that way, and the reader is left with Cronkite's officially censored letters to his wife Betsy, which are a good deal less informative and less interesting than one might expect. I'm tempted to say that if you've read one of Cronkite's letters to Betsy, you're read them all. That, however, would be a misrepresentation, but not by much. There is an enormous amount of repetition from letter to letter about the most mundane things imaginable. The life of a correspondent based in London and covering the air war over Europe was sometimes exhausting, sometimes frantic in a catch-as-catch-can way, occasionally a bit scary, and, if you worked for United Press, poorly paid. But for occasional exceptions -- firing at a German fighter plane with the nose gun of a bomber and landing with glider-borne troops to mop up after D-Day -- there is really nothing interesting, exciting, or particularly informative in Cronkite's letters.Read more ›
Cronkite sails on ships in the North Atlantic and heavily engaged by German U-Boats. Over 1,000 cargo and troop carriers were being sunk in the north Atlantic during this time. Then Cronkite and his reporting buddies join up with the 8th Army Air Force n England, after a brief stay in North Africa, and after some training they are allowed to fly with the bombers on their missions over France and Germany. That was at a time when we were losing 6 out of 10 planes on these missions. A minimum of 60 brave aviators and any brass or newspapermen who dared fly on these suicide missions were in Harm's Way. And Cronkite was one of them.
With his portable typewriter, he wrote his wife a letter everyday and sometimes more than one a day. He described the happenings and his personal experiences during the war years between 1943 and 1945 that he was active in Europe without ever returning home even for a short visit.
He wrote such beautiful love letters to his wife and described such horrid scenes of war. It defies his imagination that man can kill at will and still love so deeply, all on the same day. Read it now so you will fully understand the memory of man at war and the inhumane conditions he witnessed while longing just to return home to the United States and live in peace with his wife.. A very touching story.
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Found it disappointing. Mostly commentary rather than Cronkite's letters. Nor are his letters very informative.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
If you were around during the 2nd World War, or had relatives who lived through that time in history. You will find this a revealing book. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Patti
I listened to the unabridged audio book and found the entire book fascinating. It is over 11 hours but well worth the time and effort. Read morePublished 11 months ago by W. Terry Whalin
The book is just what it says, letters home to his wife. He writes a letter the way most of us do, what the weather is, who we went out to dinner with and where we went. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Canon Customer
i enjoyed the book very much I felt that I was a part of Cronkites life reading his mail.Published 16 months ago by Charles Chasteen
Excellent book that features Cronkites letters to his wife. In these letters Cronkite shares what his troubles are to his wife,how he misses her and his aspirations for them when... Read morePublished 16 months ago by CatMan
bought it as a gift and the individual was way excited to read it.Published 18 months ago by E. Day