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An UnSung Hero: Coming of Age in the Dust Bowl (A Greatest Generation Account Book 1) by [Forsythe, William M.]
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About the Author

William M. Forsythe is a relative of the storyteller—Jimmy R Lewis— and a retired business executive who has previously written articles and books about business management and finance. This is his first biography.


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  • File Size: 1448 KB
  • Print Length: 178 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Red River Press of Texas; 1 edition (June 1, 2014)
  • Publication Date: June 1, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KPLDIEE
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I liked this book a lot, but I only gave it four stars because the title is a bit misleading. I thought it would be about a child who lived "in" the Dust Bowl, but it's about a child who lived during those times. The book is interesting because of its careful attention to the details of childhood when the country is in a depression - electricity gets cut off intermittently because the money is needed for rent - the extraordinary sacrifices made by fathers and mothers to keep their kids in school - and the "mistake" of the medical community in a wrong diagnosis of TB. Fascinating, but not what I thought I was purchasing. Still, I'm glad I did.
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The book was good, as far as it goes. That's my major gripe.
The book reads like a true account of a boy coming of age in the late dust bowl/Depression years, in Oklahoma. The writing's good, the events ring true (I came in just after this time, but I recognize the challenges to a boy growing up in that era, before the US entered WWII), and it's well worth your time to buy and read this book.
But I was left with a feeling of "And then what, Mr Forsythe? What happened next?" That lack of an 'ending', a conclusion, dropped this one from a solid 5 stars to a 4.
If there's a sequel, I'll buy it.
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How different life was just a few short decades ago. I think this book should be required reading for all the young people of today, just to let them see how fortunate they are to live in these times of excess. What I find amazing is that with as difficult as life was in those days, they seemed to find happiness in the little things. We all could learn a lot - to be thankful for all that we have.
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I enjoyed reading this book very much. _An Unsung Hero_ reminds me both of my youth and of tales my parents spoke of regarding their own. Many of the stories made me chuckle. My one complaint is lack of good editing. The book is a great read, both for those who want to relive earlier times vicariously and for those who just wish to learn more about the era.
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I learned so much from this excellent biography about the time and place the author grew up in. The details put you right into his story. I would like to read more from Mr. Forsythe.
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The poor grammar and lack of ability to tell a story made me quit reading. Sorry, but this is not living up to its title at all.
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Even though I grew up in the fifties I could relate to a lot of the things the author talked about. A simpler less stressful life. There is nothing out of the ordinary in this book it's just about life in the panhandle during a time so different than today. This is a good read and if you are over fifty it will bring back some good times.
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Life for adults in the 1920s and 30s was a constant struggle to survive: to stay employed; pay bills; keep food on the table; provide necessities for your children; and there was never the time or the money for leisure activities. A quarter was a lot of money. An Unsung Hero, narrated by the author's father as a youngster back then, intrigued me and left me longing for simpler times when children used their limited resources and imaginations to find fun in their lives instead of staying cooped up inside buildings staring at glowing rectangles like they do now. The author's vivid descriptions and attention to detail bring that entire time period to life, and it is surprisingly appealing. I was disappointed when I got to the last page because I wanted to keep following Jimmy Lewis as he got older. Maybe a sequel some day?
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