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By Pat Scales. 2014
President Dwight D. Eisenhower, a five-star general and commander of the Allied Forces in Europe during World War II, established… a committee in 1954 to plan a Veterans Day observance. This day honors all veterans of the United States and is held each year on November 11 with a somber ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. A wreath is placed on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and followed by a parade of colors. In 2015, the United States and the world will mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. Victory in Europe occurred on May 8, 1945, but the official end of the war came when Japan surrendered to the United States on August 15, 1945. Some students may have family members who remember World War II, but most only know the hardships both at home and in foreign war zones through books they read. The novels presented in this guide give them a glimpse of the events on the home front in the United States after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and what was happening in Europe and Asia before and after the United States entered the war.
By Mark Thompson, Gregory Conti, Emilio Lussu. 2014
A rediscovered Italian masterpiece chronicling the author's experience as an infantryman, newly translated and reissued to commemorate the centennial of… World War I. Taking its place alongside works by Ernst JŸnger, Robert Graves, and Erich Maria Remarque, Emilio Lussu's memoir is one of the most affecting accounts to come out of the First World War. A classic in Italy but virtually unknown in the English-speaking world, it reveals, in spare and detached prose, the almost farcical side of the war as seen by a Sardinian officer fighting the Austrian army on the Asiago plateau in northeastern Italy, the alpine front so poignantly evoked by Ernest Hemingway in A Farewell to Arms.For Lussu, June 1916 to July 1917 was a year of continuous assaults on impregnable trenches, absurd missions concocted by commanders full of patriotic rhetoric and vanity but lacking in tactical skill, and episodes often tragic and sometimes grotesque, where the incompetence of his own side was as dangerous as the attacks waged by the enemy. A rare firsthand account of the Italian front, Lussu's memoir succeeds in staging a fierce indictment of the futility of war in a dry, often ironic style that sets his tale wholly apart from the Western Front of Remarque and adds an astonishingly modern voice to the literature of the Great War.
By Bounty. 2018
Not a soul in sight except the sentinels guarding the railways, muffled to the eyes, or peering out of their… pine-boughs at the cross roads."Edith Wharton, Coming HomePublished to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of The Great War, Classic Stories of World War I brings together the works of world-class authors, such as Joseph Conrad and W. Somerset Maugham, who lived through the conflict.From the home front to the western front, in the trenches or behind enemy lines, on land or at sea, this collection is a unique insight into the "war to end war."Contents include:JOSEPH CONRAD, The TaleW. SOMERSET MAUGHAM, The Traitor (from Ashenden)ERNEST HEMINGWAY, In Another Country (from Men Without Women)EDITH WHARTON, Coming HomeSTACY AUMONIER, Them OthersJOHN W. THOMASON, JR, War DogGEORGES DUHAMEL, Réchoussat's Christmas (from Civilisation)H. M. THOMLINSON, Armistice (from Waiting for Daylight)C. E. MONTAGUE, Honours Easy (from Fiery Particles)RICHARD ALDINGTON, Introduction to the Trenches (from Death of a Hero)JOHN GALSWORTHY, Defeat (from Six Short Plays)PAUL ALVERDES, The Man in the Next Bed (from The Next Man)LEO V. JACKS, One Hundred Per CentKARL WILKE, Marie-LuiseH. M. Tomlinson, A Raid Night (from Waiting for Daylight)JAMES WARNER BELLAH, FearJAMES B. WHARTON, Among the TrumpetsW. TOWNEND, No QuarterW. F. MORRIS, SouvenirsARED WHITE, The Watch on the Rhine
By Willa Cather. 2007
In Willa Cather's Pulitzer Prize–winning novel, we meet Claude Wheeler, a young Nebraskan yearning to escape the life that has… been preordained for him. Claude is dissatisfied with farming, alienated from his parents, distant from his wife, and searching for something to believe in. When the country enters the First World War, he finally discovers what he's been looking for. Away from home for the first time, Claude finds the course of his life irrevocably altered by newfound friendships and experiences on distant battlefields.One of Ours continues to be a celebratory tribute — and a grief-stricken remembrance — of World War I. It is at once a courageous and poignant story of American ideals, an extraordinary character sketch, and a disquieting look at the making of an American soldier.
By Jane Marcus, Helen Zenna Smith. 1930
This story offers a rare, funny, bitter, feminist look at war from women actively engaged in it. Published in London… in 1930, Not So Quiet...(on the Western Front) is a novel in autobiographical guise that describes a group of British women ambulance drivers on the French front lines during World War 1. As Voluntary Aid Detachment workers, the women pay for the privilege of driving the wounded through shell fire in the freezing cold, on no sleep and an inedible diet, under the watchful eye of their punishing commandant, nicknamed Mrs. Bitch.
By José Miguel Tomasena. 2019
Con maestría y un claro juego de espejos, José Miguel Tomasena hace un retrato de la impunidad y la violencia… desde el punto de vista de las víctimas. Cuando el diario en el que trabajaba entra en crisis, la periodista Tania Vázquez decide filmar por su cuenta un documental sobre los desaparecidos. Así conoce, entre muchas personas, a Doña Gaby, cuya hija Marilyn fue secuestrada previo pago de un rescate de cien mil pesos, y a Magdalena Chávez, que perdió a sus tres hijos y que decide embarcarse en una aventura para conocer su paradero. Estas dos madres, más todos aquellos padres que buscan a sus seres queridos en morgues, cuarteles, hospitales y fosas clandestinas, serán los personajes que iremos construyendo a través de mirar las grabaciones y de la voz del novio de Tania; sin embargo, documentar la lucha de estas mujeres tendrá consecuencias que jamás habrían podido prever... Con maestría y un claro juego de espejos, José Miguel Tomasena hace un retrato de la impunidad y la violencia desde el punto de vista de las víctimas, sean residentes en las regiones asoladas por el narcotráfico que sufren de la persecución cotidiana, o los periodistas acosados por los caciques locales para que no investiguen sobre desapariciones que prefieren dejar en el olvido; pero también es una novela sobre el amor a los hijos, sobre la esperanza de poder hacer un cambio y los deseos de justicia. «¿Dónde están los desaparecidos?, se preguntan los que se quedan, los sobrevivientes, pero sobre todo se atormentan pensando qué pudieron haber hecho, en qué fallaron, si es que hubo alguna posibilidad de salvación, de que la historia fuera distinta. El rastro de los cuerpos es el relato descarnado de estas pérdidas, una exploración ética y moral sobre la culpa y la responsabilidad, sobre el sentido del heroísmo y su peligrosa vecindad con la temeridad. Una magnífica novela que ojalá algún día podamos leer como un thriller, como una estupenda novela policiaca o de suspenso, en un futuro de paz, cuando hayamos superado la epidemia de violencia que asola al país». Juan Pablo Villalobos, autor de Fiesta en la madriguera
By Andrew Krivak. 2011
The Sojourn, winner of the Chautauqua Prize and finalist for the National Book Award, is the story of Jozef Vinich,… who was uprooted from a 19th-century mining town in Colorado by a family tragedy and returns with his father to an impoverished shepherd's life in rural Austria-Hungary. When World War One comes, Jozef joins his adopted brother as a sharpshooter in the Kaiser's army, surviving a perilous trek across the frozen Italian Alps and capture by a victorious enemy.A stirring tale of brotherhood, coming-of-age, and survival, that was inspired by the author's own family history, this novel evokes a time when Czechs, Slovaks, Austrians, and Germans fought on the same side while divided by language, ethnicity, and social class in the most brutal war to date. It is also a poignant tale of fathers and sons, addressing the great immigration to America and the desire to live the American dream amidst the unfolding tragedy in Europe.The Sojourn is Andrew Krivak's first novel. Krivak is also the author of A Long Retreat: In Search of a Religious Life, a memoir about his eight years in the Jesuit Order, and editor of The Letters of William Carlos Williams to Edgar Irving Williams, 1902-1912, which received the Louis L. Martz Prize. The grandson of Slovak immigrants, Krivak grew up in Pennsylvania, has lived in London, and now lives with his wife and three children in Massachusetts where he teaches in the Honors Program at Boston College.