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'87 Sir

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Monday, June 28, 2010

Grouchy Historian’s Bookshelf

The Library of America has published a number of books on American Literature, Biography and History.  These are some of the nicest books from an actual look and feel perspective that I have in my library.  Two of my favorite are volumes of newspaper columns from World War II.  This of course, was the era when reporters were actually reporters instead of political hacks and editorial writers out to "change the world."  They are very well written and come in fairly bite sized chunks.

Of course, you can't escape the PC influence as the writings of women and African-American reporters are highlighted, but to be fair, the articles do present some lesser known cultural and social aspects of the war not recounted in traditional military histories.  The articles do cover a wide range of topics and feature such well known reporters as Willam Shirer, Edward R. Murrow, and the quintessential war reporter, Ernie Pyle.

They cover the entire chronography of the war, from the Munich Crises to the end of war and all theaters as well.
 
Overall, although these books may seem a little pricey, they are well worth the cost and make an excellent primary source addition to any World War II historian's library.

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