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Summary

NPR reveals remarkable stories of valor, bravery, and survival from the deadliest conflict in history with this vast panorama of interview, memories, and first person accounts from fronts in Europe, the Pacific, and at home. Harrowing, heartbreaking and deeply personal, this collection offers an intimate, engaging way to learn more about the war that changed the world.

Contents:

  • Introduction by Neal Conan
  • Voices from the WWII Memorial
  • Reflections on Germany, Poland, and WWII
  • The London Blitz
  • Pearl Harbor: A Personal History
  • Hearing Voices: A Japanese-American in a WWII Camp
  • A Mother-in-Law's WWII Saga
  • WWII Heroes Recall the Doolittle Raid
  • Pearl harbor: A Personal History Part 2
  • The Kitchen Sisters: War & Separation
  • StoryCorps: My Mother's Story: Dot the Welder
  • War in the Pacific
  • Unbroken by War
  • Artists of Battlefield Deception: Soldiers of the 23rd
  • Female WWII Pilots: The Original Fly Girls
  • A Tuskegee Airman's Harrowing WWII Tale
  • Remembrances of D-Day
  • The "Mad Piper" of Normandy
  • Kate Nolan, WWII Combat Nurse
  • WWII Combat Cameraman: "The Public Had To Know"
  • WWII Veterans on the Battle of the Bulge
  • StoryCorps: Joseph Robertson
  • Holocaust Survivors Honor Camp Liberator
  • The Greatest Generation
  • Remembering the Final Days of World War II
  • Pilot Remembers Fateful Bombing Mission Over Nagasaki
  • Thanks, Grandpa Tommy, for Saving the World

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Critic reviews

"Strongly recommended as a supplement to textbook representations of World War." (Library Journal)
"This three-hour set is filled with the stories that bring history to life, the actual memories of real men and women. This is what history is all about, not a bunch of names and dates in a stuffy old textbook, but real people telling their own stories. Nobody does this kind of work better than NPR." (Audiobook Heaven)
"The well-selected stories take advantage of the fact that radio was the dominant news media of the period, splicing contemporary material with modern narration and nostalgic interviews." (AudioFile)

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Glimpses into a variety of aspects of WWII

If you could sum up NPR American Chronicles: World War II in three words, what would they be?

Variety, riveting, and a bit random

What was one of the most memorable moments of NPR American Chronicles: World War II?

I had thought it would be more archived historical radio, but instead it featured a great many contemporary voices looking back at their experiences in the Second World War.

Which scene was your favorite?

I really enjoyed the story of the WASP pilots.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

This isn't a book that could be made into a film as it is a series of radio stories.