- Paperback: 291 pages
- Publisher: McFarland (August 17, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786447915
- ISBN-13: 978-0786447916
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #521,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mollie's War: The Letters of a World War II WAC in Europe
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Readers often only read about the men who served in World War II. What about the women? Come learn of one such brave woman as she served in England, France, and Germany. Come read a firsthand account about the crucial time in America when a woman, Mollie Weinstein Schaffer, put on a uniform and became a vital part of history.
Reading this incredible historical memoir, a reader can expect to be engaged thoroughly with the pure raw emotion and imagine it as it happened that day, as well gain a deeper perspective on Schaffer's experiences....
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The 150,000 women who served in the Women's Army Corps are now seen as the undersung heroes of the Second World War. This memoir describes the life of a WAC enlistee who would serve in England when it came under attack, France immediately after the Allied invasion, and Germany after VE Day. From her experience in basic training in Daytona Beach to the climactic moment when she saw the Statue of Liberty as her ship approached American shores upon her return home, this work provides a glimpse into the life of a woman in uniform during this crucial time in American history.
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The selection of letters was well done and kept the story going. There's enough explanation to tie everything together, but not enough to overwhelm the reader. The additional explanation is well-documented and there's some real gems of research in the footnotes. Over all, it's an incredibly insightful and enjoyable read.
I had four uncles in World War II, one in Europe, three in the Pacific. Thankfully, they all came home and lived good, long lives. They wrote letters but we could seldom get them to talk about the war. Since I wasn't born until after the war, I have no personal frame of reference. Reading Mollie's book changed all that. A real person emerged: a person full of life, and spunk, and dedication and patriotism. How grateful I am that she and her sister saved all their letters, and that she and her daughter compiled them into this amazing memoir.
I highly recommend this book; it is incredibly engaging and a quick read. Her descriptive prose allows the reader to journey alongside her as she moves throughout the United States and Europe during her service.
This would be an excellent book for a high school English, European or U.S. History curriculum as it shows the life of an everyday female soldier and highlights the contributions women made to the army.
A must-read for any history buff!!
From basic training to medical intelligence, from dances to dodging doodlebugs (German bombs), from opera to muddy tents and helmet bathing, this collection details the brave, funny, and scary moments that Mollie and the other WACs and soldiers she met went through. In reading Cyndee's narratives and Mollie's letters, I met an entirely different person than the Mollie I've known.
You must read this book...and once you are done reading, you may find it hard to stop thinking about the incredible adventures and the gutsy lady that is Mollie Weinstein Schaffer.