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G.I.: The American Soldier in World War II

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Lee Kennett provides a vivid portrait of the American soldier, or G.I., in World War II, from his registration in the draft, training in boot camp, combat in Europe and the Pacific, and to his final role as conqueror and occupier. It is all here: the "greetings" from Uncle Sam; endless lines in induction centers across the country; the unfamiliar and demanding world of the ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 15th 1997 by University of Oklahoma Press (first published March 1st 1987)
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Brianna
Sep 07, 2015 Brianna rated it it was amazing
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All about the American GI - how he was drafted, how he was trained, how he felt about the Army, how he experienced combat. This isn't a dry book on Army regulations, but approaches it more from a social psychology aspect, with lots of real-world examples.

One of the most interesting things I found was the chapter on "Army morale". It apparently came as something of a shock to Army personnel that, unlike enlisted men, GIs may not be bashful about vocalizing complaints about the conditions of the b
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U.S. Military History.

Kennett analyzes the G.I. from many different vantage points, including analysis through the eyes of the Germans, Japanese, Brits, and Australians. His research covers primarily the sociological and psychological aspects of the G.I. Pretty interesting!
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Prof. Lee Boone Kennett was a Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Georgia. He lived in Pleasant Garden, North Carolina until his death in 2011 "after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease".

Kennett had a long career as a historian and a writer, in which he specialized in military history. He received many honors, prizes, and awardsincluding the University of Georgia Research Award
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