Library Picks For July 29th - THE WAR TO END ALL WARS


"Never in the field of human conflict, has so much, been owed by so many, to so few!"
Winston Churchill - September 1940

On Saturday, August 4 from 10 am to noon Mr. Lee Zimmerman a WWII veteran who served in the 8th Air Force and was a POW in Germany, will begin the Jackson District Library four part series, In Their Own Words: Stories of Jackson’s Own WWII Vets. The series will continue September 8 with Mr. Fred Bahlau of the 101st Airborne. Bahlau parachuted into Normandy June 6, 1944.

To read more about WWII the library has the following recommended selections:

In honor of the men who will share their stories with us during the series the library recommends Donald Miller’s Masters of the Air: America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany. An American bomber crewmember stood only a one-in-five chance of surviving his tour of duty. With this intense backdrop Miller presents a deeply personal account of the bomber boys of WWII who brought the war to Hitler’s doorstep.

Ted Ellsworth was a Darmouth grad in 1941 when he joins the British Army to fight the Germans. In Yank: The Memoir of a World War II Soldier. Ellsworth writes about the desert war in Africa, the allied invasion of Europe, his imprisonment in a German POW camp and finally of his 12 month struggle to get home to America after he is presumed dead.

And what of the Japanese American GIs? Bill Yenne presents a compelling account in Rising Sons: The Japanese American GIs Who Fought for the United States in World War II. Most Japanese Americans fought with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team the most decorated in the history of the US Army. The 442nd earned 21 Medals of Honor, 9,486 Purple Hearts and 8 Presidential Unit Citations. These facts and more present an interesting perspective on our definition of “an American.” Just released July 2007.

For a fictional account on audio CD bestselling author Elizabeth Berg presents a story about three sisters living in Chicago during WWII in Dream When You’re Feeling Blue. With both a domestic view from the three sisters and a battlefield view from letters of the men they love Berg’s story provides a fictional peek into one of America’s darkest times.

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