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“The stories at Kendal are magnificent and entirely represent the war experience.”—Brian Williams, NBC Nightly News


“Nightly News anchor Brian Williams said it might be “the greatest slow-motion tragedy of our times.” Veterans of World War II are dying at the rate of 740 a day, he noted on a broadcast earlier this year. That was his lead-in to a segment about a book written by residents of a Hanover, N.H., retirement community. His piece led to a sales bump that made World War II Remembered the fastest-selling book in the 42-year history of the University Press of New England and its first to make Amazon’s top 10. —Boston Globe

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RESIDENTS OF KENDAL AT HANOVER; Edited by Clinton C. Gardner, Jane Atwood Barlow, Robert W. Christie, Elinor Clark Horne, Mary Mecklin Jenkins, James E. Sheridan, and Robert P. Stambaugh
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Kendal at Hanover (February 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979997003
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979997006
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #896,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I love WWII.

This conflict has fueled thousands of stories, films, and other forms of entertainment in the seventy years since its end. But, of course the best stories are those told by those who were actually there.

The youngest of the WWII veterans are in their late 70s or early 80s. Sadly in ten years or so, we may no longer have any WWII veterans, just as we don't have any more WWI veterans.

While reading this, I realized that many of the WWII vets who are still alive are in retirement communities like Kendal at Hanover. I would seriously hope that other retirement communities take Kendal's lead (well, two other books like this came out first, but Kendal's is the one that the media has latched onto) and encourage their residents to write about something they did during the war, no matter how trivial they think it may be. I'd rather the future be inundated with WWII memoirs, than complain that it has too few.
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This book is written by those that are/were residents of a retirement community in Hanover, New Hampshire. Published in 2012 it gives an interesting look of their involvement during the WW11 period. The 60 contributors are broken down in six segments of the war - The European Theater - The Pacific theater and Far East - Stateside Service - Wartime in Europe and South America - Home Front and Post-War Service. AND at the end of each story is a short tid-bit on each contributor and what their current status is.

I find this book to be very, very interesting. Well written and most stories are three to six pages long. It is a 344 page book. Many of the contributors came from educated families or at least the author became one after the War. Never the less they had War stories to tell too.

A worth while read. A must read.
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I work in an Assisted Living community and I bought this to share with my residents. Most of the stories are only a few pages long so it was perfect for reading. Some of my residents suffer from memory issues so this was great at holding their attention. What a great activity this has become. My residents look forward to our afternoon readings.
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I requested this book as a gift, after hearing about it on NBC Nightly News. It is a collection of first-hand memories, written by residents of a retirment community in New Hampshire, all of whom lived through the war years. It was a truly wonderful read.
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I picked up this book as a research tool. With few exceptions it is well-written, and I found myself drawn into the individual stories, forgetting I was supposed to be taking notes. Each story is unique and I was impressed with the variety of experiences. Highly recommended.
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-- "World War II Remembered" brought back memories of a blackout which occurred while, as a teenager, I walked home from a Los Angeles neighborhood movie theater. The next day's newspaper headlines said a Japanese airplane was shot down near Los Angeles Harbor. Apparently an aircraft was shot down, but the military gave no details for supposed security reasons. Speculation was to the effect the aircraft might have been a drone (If there was any used by the Japanese for propaganda purposes or by the USA military for target practice.) But it brought home some of the reality of war and this country's vulnerability.
Shortly after, I considered offering my services as a neighborhood air raid warden. I had a deferment due to an astigmatism in my left eye. But finally was drafted into the Army two weeks after the Japanese signed peace documents aboard the USS Missouri. I was perfect as a clerk-typist to help prepare discharge documents for GIs returning from the European and Pacific war theaters. I was stationed at Fort Mac Arthur near the Los Angeles Harbor.
An amusing incident occured while I was working the night shift. A WAC lieutenant supervised our preparation of the discharge papers. As a practical joke, I blew some cigaret smoke underneath my manual typewriter and commenced to type rapidly as possible. Our WAC lieutenant turned around to to see why the men were laughing. Looking at my typewriter and the smoke, her eyes
grew big. But it was not long before she caught on and laughed with we soldier workers.
A visit from then four star General Dwight Eisenhower is also recalled as was his "Keep up the good work, men." short speech.
I also recall vividly the order given us by the commander in chief, President Harry S Truman, to intergrade the military.
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By pattyn on December 5, 2012
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I personally did not read this book. I purchased it for my 90 yr old mother in law. She and my father in law were sweethearts at the that period of time before he went overseas with the Army. From what she has told me, she very much enjoyed reading all the little stories which were so much like her own. Seems like it is a timely book for people of that era.
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The world war II remembered is another story shared by hanover residents who witnessed or experienced the life during world war II and they are sharing it.
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