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Behind the Lines: Powerful and Revealing American and Foreign War Letters---And One Man's Search to Find Them

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From the editor of the phenomenal "New York Times" bestseller "War Letters" comes an even more powerful, more revealing collection of rare and previously-unpublished letters from every major war in American history -- all discovered during Andrew Carroll's extraordinary three-year journey throughout the U.S. and to thirty-five countries around the world."
Hardcover, 501 pages
Published June 1st 2005 by Scribner Book Company (first published May 10th 2005)
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May 11, 2010 Ice rated it liked it
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After it was released in June of 2001, Carroll's War Letters shot onto bestseller lists as the U.S. entered its first major war in 10 years. That collection selected 150 letters from 50,000 Carroll received after a Dear Abby mention of his Legacy Project, founded in 1998 to preserve soldiers' letters home; the book ranged from the Civil War to Bosnia. This follow-up reaches from the American Revolution to the war in Iraq and offers 200 letters along with 72 b&w photos and illustrations. All ...more
Oct 02, 2015 Christine is currently reading it
Thank you "Book Rack" once again! Zipped in really quickly this morning, and found this! Was SO excited! I already have his "War Letters" and "Letters of a Nation", which I LOVED!! Now I see he edited a book called "Women's Letters"! Must get!
Aug 26, 2009 Brett rated it really liked it
I am sucker for letters as a genre in the first place, but I am especially intrigued by war time letters. War will always be controversial. Even when two people believe war justifiable, there is still the question over whether a given war fits into that category. War and its various aspects can easily be studied and analyzed with a certain amount of detachment, but letters touch on the humanity, heroism, and tragedy of war in a way that no philosophical or historical study can. This is a great c ...more
Jan 22, 2016 Bill rated it really liked it
Letters from men & women in the military from colonial to modern times. Nothing captures history so well as first person accounts.
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Apr 14, 2011 A.S. Johnson rated it liked it
Book was a gift from my niece. Bascially letters from people who served in various wars back and forth to family, lovers, etc. Nice layout, not too informal, a good read, and the personal side of humanity displayed well. More for people who might be more "patriotic" or like reading other peoples love letters, etc.
I'm sure a lot of research was done by the writers part in getting all the various letters and putting them into a coherant order was done.
Overall a nice book. Good coffee table book.
Feb 12, 2008 Chris rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
Just got it for Christmas already addicted. Im putting off other reading for it. Thanks Kim! Not for the faint hearted all war letters that express the families, and soldiers point of view. Its about as real as you could get to getting close to the effects of war on the phsyche. Dating from the French and Indian War, American Revolution, all the way through to Afghanistan.
Mar 25, 2008 TC rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone curious about how war affects individuals.
I'm not usually one for "war stories" but this book is actually a collection of real war letters ranging from the American Revolution all the way to the current war Iraq. I got teary eyed several times and a couple times I laughed almost hysterically. It is a very moving book and is a revealing and unique view of history. This is a MUST READ!
Jan 06, 2009 shay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 100books09, military
a really wonderful collection of letters and emails from soldiers and civilians in wars all over the world. this book was really touching and interesting.
May 19, 2009 Tiffany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had the audio book and it was awesome. I laughed so hard at some parts and had to fight to keep the tears away on others. Wonderful book!
Jun 25, 2008 Kandis rated it liked it
Interesting and unique (more for my husband than for me) If your into war history--this book is for you
Dean Thompson
Jun 20, 2013 Dean Thompson rated it really liked it
I found it a bit tough to get into. Not really a letters fan, however on the whole I liked it a lot.
Jul 26, 2013 Karen rated it really liked it
Should be required reading in all schools.
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Sorry about that earlier review! I was confused!
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