Book: Letters from the Good War - A Young Man's Discovery of the World by Hugh Aaroncategories: Book, War, Veteran, Youth, South Pacific, Philippines, WWII
Hugh Aaronabout this book: During World II letters were crucial; they were the only communication between men and women participating in the war and their loved ones. Reading a letter just received from a son, a girlfriend, a wife, a mother or father, or just a friend, was always the high point of the day. The very act of writing implied love and caring; feelings were expressed that rarely, if ever, would have been before the war, when life was ordinary.
The letters herein, some one thousand of them, are a day to day account of what happened in the life of a young enlisted man serving in the Naval Construction Battalions - the Seabees. They take the reader from the first day of boot camp, to various training camps around the U.S., to the Southwest Pacific and back home.
This collection reveals the spirit of the times and the American culture - quite different from today. The reader gains an intimate view of the writer's family, relatives and friends, and the families who invited him into their homes. The letters show the development of a philosophical view of the world, and a maturing. Together they are a character study of a young man coming of age, a life on hold until the war is over, contemplating a future that, with all it's options, tears at him.
Each letter dwells on a new subject, propelling the reader to the next. Fifty years ago the writer's parents passed these letters on to friends and relatives, read them before gatherings, and urged that they be published. Today their wish is realized.
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