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Extended Audio Sample The War: An Intimate History, 1941-1945, by Geoffrey C. Ward, Ken Burns Click for printable size audiobook cover
3.99440111420613 out of 53.99440111420613 out of 53.99440111420613 out of 53.99440111420613 out of 53.99440111420613 out of 5 3.99 (359 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Geoffrey C. Ward, Ken Burns Narrator: Ken Burns Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The magnificent companion volume to the PBS series from master documentary film makers: The vivid voices that speak from these pages are not those of historians or scholars. They are the voices of ordinary men and women who experienced—and helped to win—the most devastating war in history, in which between 50 and 60 million lives were lost. Focusing on the citizens of four towns—Luverne, Minnesota; Sacramento, California; Waterbury, Connecticut; Mobile, Alabama; THE WAR follows more than forty people from 1941 to 1945. Woven largely from their memories, the compelling, unflinching narrative unfolds month by bloody month, with the outcome always in doubt. All the iconic events are here, from Pearl Harbor to the liberation of the concentration camps—but we also move among prisoners of war and Japanese American internees, defense workers and schoolchildren, and families who struggled simply to stay together while their men were shipped off to Europe, the Pacific, and North Africa.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Ken Burns has done it again. He has given us an intimate, memorable, and provocative portrait of America in World War II—the valor and victory, sacrifice and shame of ordinary Americans, north, south, east, and west. This is a treasure. Tom Brokaw
  • Heartrending . . . Unique not only among previous volumes that have accompanied Burns’s documentaries but among just about any book on World War II . . . It should be read by everyone in the family, from the high-schoolers to the Baby Boomers. Newark Star-Ledger

Listener Opinions

  • 3.333333 out of 53.333333 out of 53.333333 out of 53.333333 out of 53.333333 out of 5 by William | 10/25/2016

    " What a letdown this audio book was from the PBS documentary. Ken Burns, while the greatest american documentary maker, is most definitely not a quality narrator, having an inflection-less voice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Brady | 2/9/2014

    " This book is a great recreation of actual events from primary sources in WWII "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Chrissy | 2/4/2014

    " Great introduction to the war itself - so much of what we learn in school is the why and the ideas. These were very personal accounts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sharpie T. Silverwater | 2/4/2014

    " Excellent, personal accounts of what happened to Americans in WWII. Should be mandatory for history class. "

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