By Molly Guptill Manning
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
“Heartwarming.” — New York Times
“Whether or now not you’re a publication lover, you’ll be moved.” — Entertainment Weekly
“A readable, obtainable addition to international conflict II literature [and] a booklet that would be loved via enthusiasts of books approximately books.” — Boston Globe
“Four stars [out of 4] . . . A cultural historical past that does a lot to provide an explanation for sleek America.” — USA Today
whilst the United States entered global warfare II in 1941, we confronted an enemy that had banned and burned a hundred million books. Outraged librarians introduced a crusade to ship loose books to American troops and gathered 20 million hardcover donations. In 1943, the struggle division and the publishing stepped in with a unprecedented program: 120 million small, light-weight paperbacks for troops to hold of their wallet and rucksacks in each theater of battle. those Armed companies variations have been cherished by means of the troops and are nonetheless fondly remembered this day. infantrymen learn them whereas ready to land at Normandy, in hellish trenches in the course of battles within the Pacific, in box hospitals, and on lengthy bombing flights. They helped rescue The nice Gatsby from obscurity and made Betty Smith, writer of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, into a countrywide icon. When Books Went to War is the inspiring tale of the Armed providers versions, and a treasure for background buffs and e-book enthusiasts alike.
“A completely attractive, enlightening, and sometimes uplifting account . . . i used to be enthralled and moved.” — Tim O’Brien, writer of The issues They Carried