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Product Details

  • Paperback: 239 pages
  • Publisher: Chi Chi Pr; 1 edition (April 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0964061120
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964061125
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,459,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A Mile In Their Shoes" is full of interviews with World War II vets, it tells the story of the "War To End All Wars, vol. 2" as only the soldiers and sailors themselves could have seen it. Elson began interviewing veterans in 1987 when he first attended the reunion of his father's unit, the 712th Tank Battalion. Amazed at the stories some of those guys would tell, he thought to himself, "I've got to get these down on paper before they are lost forever." The result is "A Mile In Their Shoes." Written in a unique question/answer style, Elson guides the interviews with only an occasional clarifying question. Otherwise, he just sits back and lets the vets talk about their experiences. And what incredible experiences they were! "A Mile In Their Shoes" is an amazing historical project. How often do you wish that you had just listened a little closer to what your dad or grandad had to say about the War? I know that I wish I had listened closer to my father's tales of being in the Flying Tigers. Now that he has passed away, all I have is a photo album full of pictures I don't have a clue about. Aaron Elson has done a great service to the history of the World War II era. By painstakingly assembling the accounts of these select men, he has preserved a bit of time which would have been otherwise lost.
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This is a spectacular collection of oral interviews that the author has collected from an amazing group of vets. Here you get first hand accounts of what it was like to have been a G.I. And like his book '9 lives', Elson has included a wide range of stories from different players in the war. He sat down and questioned each vet and was able to bring out thrilling and little known facts of the war in Europe. In fact some of these stories are found no where else, in no other books. My particular favorite was the interview with the paratroop...Elson was able to get the soldier to open up and share the terror and the excitement of combat. The stories are told so well that you can actually see, for example, the rain of artillery shells that pounded down as 'all of Holland would bounce 10 feet in the air', and could feel how close the speaker was to breaking down. I know the emotion was high during these interviews because you can feel it just by reading it. This is a gem of a book! And while you're at it check out 'nine lives'.
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This book gave a very realistic view of WWII from the perspective of men who were actually there. Their views are important for us to be able to understand the sacrifices they made. Too few people realize what went on and what their experiences were really like. It is important to capture these stories before the memories are lost; without them, we can't begin to appreciate how close we came to losing our way of life or acknowledge the staggering cost of our freedom.
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As a junior high kid growing up, I never lacked for sources of information about WWII. All I had to do was ask my dad, any of my uncles, most any male in my church and all of my male teachers of a certain age. All of these men were WWII vets and they rarely talked about what they endured but when they did, I received a history lesson like no other. I learned to listen, really listen, to stories of bravery, cowardice, fear and unbridled joy all told by the men who lived it. I am sure they spared this nosy little kid the worst details but they did not hide their feelings, only the gore. Most of them are gone now and I wish that, one more time, I could ask them again about what they did.

Elson's compilation reminds me of those long ago but never forgotten conversations. This is not a work of polished history. It is an older collection of stories from the guys who lived them told in their unvarnished voices and with the recognition that their voices would soon be lost. It's a grunt level look at the range of emotions combat produces in boys sent to fight in men's wars. If you can overlook the lack of polish then the power of the narrative will draw you into their stories. These are the type of stories I grew up with and I wish I could hear them again. Read it for the narrative if for no other reason.
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The veterans of World War 2 reflect on the war, the invasion of Normandy,Korea, Vietnam and garrison duty. An excellent recollection from a group of fast disappearing veterans. A must for any war historians. You will enjoy this book; it is definitely a must for your shelf!
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This book is a very interesting view of WWII through the eyes of the soldiers who were there. I say if you want to know more about WWII read this book. I laughed and cried a little reading some of these stories. I hope that more books like this one are written before we lose them forever. I also want to say that I appreciate and am grateful for all of our armed services for the sacrifices they have made in protecting this country. I am thankful for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. I will always remember what you've done for this country.
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A Mile in Their Shoes was a free download on my Kindle and consists of interviews with veterans of WWII. Because this book is not about a single event, it sometimes lacks flow, but its defects were forgiven because of the fascinating first-hand accounts it contained. It has plenty of great stories (and salty language) that you won’t find in the history books.
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