World War II Book Group

The World War II Book Group will discuss When Books Went to War: The Stories That Helped Us Win World War II by Molly Manning (Mariner, $15.95). When America entered World War II in 1941, we faced an enemy that had banned and burned 100 million books. Outraged librarians launched a campaign to send free books to American troops and gathered 20 million hardcover donations. In 1943, the War Department and the publishing industry stepped in with an extraordinary program: 120 million small, lightweight paperbacks for troops to carry in their pockets and rucksacks in every theater of war. These Armed Services Editions were beloved by the troops and are still fondly remembered today. Soldiers read them while waiting to land at Normandy, in hellish trenches in the midst of battles, in field hospitals, and on long bombing flights. When Books Went to War is the inspiring story of the Armed Services Editions, and a treasure for history buffs and book lovers alike. 

Event date: 
Monday, November 27, 2017 - 2:00pm
Event address: 
The Bookworm
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$15.95
ISBN: 9780544570405
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Mariner Books - October 27th, 2015