The Good War- Book Review

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Studs Terkel's The Good War was published by The New Press in1984. The price of the book is $14.95. Studs Terkel is an Oral historian from Chicago, who has written several other books such as Coming of Age and Hard Times using the same format he uses in The Good War.

Studs Terkel was a graduate of the University of Chicago in 1932 and then from the Chicago Law School in 1934. He worked as a disc jockey, a radio actor, a television mc, a sports commentator, and a radio host of his own show, which is currently running on WFMT in Chicago. Terkel is a Pulitzer Prize Winning author who has written his books based on the interviews he has done all over the globe.

The theme of The Good War is not terribly hard to figure out, all someone has to do is read the front cover and one can easily guess Terkel's theme is World War II. From the first interview to the last Terkel gives the reader over 100 different windows (interviews) to view World War II through. So I would be wrong to say the only theme of this book is World War II, but I do feel that that is that one of the two themes of this book. The war and more importantly the way people viewed it are the themes.

Terkel interviewed many different people with many different views of the war and of the home front. He interviewed Americans, Japanese, Germans, civilians, POW's, entertainers, people in government, blacks, whites, privates, sergeants, and generals. He made sure that the reader got a view of how the war treated Japanese Americans by interviewing those that were forced into internment camps and often had leave businesses, family, and friends behind to...