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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (400 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Andrew Carroll Narrator: Joan Allen, Tom Brokaw Publisher: Simon & Schuster Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In 1998, Andrew Carroll founded the Legacy Project with the goal of remembering Americans who have served this nation and preserving their letters for posterity. Since then, more than 50,000 war letters discovered in basements, attics, scrapbooks, and old trunks have poured in from around the country. The best of these letters are assembled in this extraordinary collection, offering unprecedented insight into the Civil War, World Wars I and II, Vietnam, Korea, the Cold War, the Persian Gulf, and even the fighting in Somalia and the Balkans.

Featured here are dramatic accounts of combat written immediately after the most ferocious battles American troops have ever faced; poignant expressions of love by homesick husbands and sweethearts; humorous anecdotes and gripes about insufferable conditions; thoughtful recollections on the nature of warfare; and perhaps most devastating, a startling number of last letters, heartfelt messages penned just hours before the sender was killed.

These historic letters capture the full fury and intensity of warfare, and they reveal in vivid detail what the servicemen and women of this nation have experienced and sacrificed on the front lines. War Letters is a lasting tribute to those who have fought for this country, and celebrates the enduring power and lyricism of personal letters.

Read by an all-star cast, including Joan Allen, Michael Beach, Tom Brokaw, Hope Davis, Robert Foxworth, Lukas Haas, Edward Herrmann, Rob Lowe, Julianna Margulies, Giovanni Ribisi, Campbell Scott, John Slattery, Eric Stoltz, David Strathairn, Noah Wyle, and Steve Zahn. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ethan | 2/20/2014

    " This book is a collection of letters from American wars since the Civil War. The letters are great snapshots in time, bringing their histories alive. But what surprised me was the quality of the editor's (/author's) comments and narrations between each letter that strings them all into a very concise and well told history of American warfare from the soldiers' point of view. Great book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Abby | 2/14/2014

    " This is a collection of war letters from the Civil War, WWI, WWII, Korea, Cold War, Vietnam, Persian Gulf, Somalia, and Bosnia. The author adds a few notes to the ends of the letters to give historical context and updates about the letter writer. Very emotional. Does not need to be read in order. I enjoyed skipping around. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Paul | 2/11/2014

    " just a bit of what soldiers and their families went through during wars. Good read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Eddy Allen | 2/4/2014

    " In 1998, Andrew Carroll founded the Legacy Project, with the goal of remembering Americans who have served their nation and preserving their letters for posterity. Since then, over 50,000 letters have poured in from around the country. Nearly two hundred of them comprise this amazing collection -- including never-before-published letters that appear in the new afterword. Here are letters from the Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korea, the Cold War, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf war, Somalia, and Bosnia -- dramatic eyewitness accounts from the front lines, poignant expressions of love for family and country, insightful reflections on the nature of warfare. Amid the voices of common soldiers, marines, airmen, sailors, nurses, journalists, spies, and chaplains are letters by such legendary figures as Gen. William T. Sherman, Clara Barton, Theodore Roosevelt, Ernie Pyle, Gen. Douglas MacArthur, Julia Child, Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, and Gen. Benjamin O. Davis Sr. Collected in "War Letters, " they are an astonishing historical record, a powerful tribute to those who fought, and a celebration of the enduring power of letters., "

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