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Soldier from the War Returning: The Greatest Generation's Troubled Homecoming from World War II
 
 
Author
Thomas Childers.
Publisher Mariner  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8 x 5.25 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780547336923
Pages/Publication Date 340/2010
Daedalus Item Code 31527
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One of our most enduring national myths surrounds the men and women who fought in the so-called "Good War." This Greatest Generation, we're told, fought heroically then returned to America and cheerfully went on with the business of rebuilding their lives. In this haunting book, historian Thomas Childers interweaves the stories of three families—including his own—with a decade's worth of research to paint an entirely new picture of the war's aftermath. He reveals that 10,000 veterans a month were being diagnosed with psychoneurotic disorder (now known as PTSD). Alcoholism, homelessness, unemployment, and divorce were rampant, leading to a skyrocketing divorce rate. Many veterans bounced back, but their struggle has been lost in a wave of nostalgia that threatens to undermine a new generation of returning soldiers.

"Childers's beautifully written, novelistic profiles movingly convey his subjects' wartime travails and their twilight struggles with disability and post-traumatic stress. His ... absorbing study offers an important corrective to sanitized tributes to the Good War's legacy."—Publishers Weekly

 
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