Jennie
Jennie asked:

My book club is reading this book for June. What questions should we ask to get a good discussion going?

Molly Guptill Manning Here are a few questions to get a discussion started:

1) The Americans who fought (on the home front and abroad) during WWII have been called "the greatest generation." Does WBWTW confirm this idea?

2) Newspapers called the Victory Book Campaign a failure. Was it? Why or why not?

3) Do you think publishers printed ASEs based on a patriotic duty or do you think they were expecting to ultimately profit from their efforts?

4) Are you surprised by any of the titles the servicemen requested or especially enjoyed?

5) Are there any titles that you think should/shouldn't have been printed as ASEs? (The appendix lists all the ASEs that were printed)

6) What are your thoughts on how the publishers addressed Congress's censorship attempt through Title V?

7) Has reading this book changed the way you look at reading? Does it make you value books more? Feel the same about them?

8) Does anyone have a parent, grandparent, other relative, or acquaintance who fought in WWII? Did they ever mention the ASEs or reading while at war?
J.w. Larrick 1) What about this book contributed to the selection for the club?

2) Discuss how the effort to distribute more books than the number destroyed by the Nazis was so motivational.

3) What books would you add today to the top of the recommendations list.

4) A true symbol of our democratic system in action !!!

Good luck with the discussion.
Steven Minniear Here's my thought: Paperbacks were thought less "serious" than hard bound books before the war. To what extent has that now changed to hard bound books are "too serious" for most readers. How do you think about the difference between hard bound and paper back books now.
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