War Letters

Version: Abridged
Author: Andrew Carroll
Narrator: Harry Smith
Genres: History
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published In: May 2001
# of Units: 6 CDs
Length: 6 hours, 30 minutes
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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 reflections 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.

Reviews (1)

War Letters

Written by Sally on May 5th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

One of the best rentals. The stories of the folks in war was eyeopening. The book tells a little story about each one, you get to hear their actual letters home and you find out it they made it home. It was wonderful and a great history lesson.

Author Details

Author Details

Carroll, Andrew

Andrew Carroll is the editor of three "New York Times" bestsellers, including "Letters of a Nation" and "War Letters". Visit www.warletters.com.