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When is Daddy Coming Home? An American Family during World War II

SKU: 0870203649
By: Richard Carlton Haney

World War II was coming to a close in Europe and Richard Haney was only four years old when the telegram arrived at his familyís home in Janesville, Wisconsin. More details...
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By: Richard Carlton Haney

That moment, when Haney learned of his fatherís death in the final months of fighting, changed his and his motherís lives forever.In this emotionally powerful book, Haney, now a professional historian, explores the impact of war on an American family. Unlike many of Americaís 183,000 World War II orphans, Richard Haney has vivid memories of his father. He skillfully weaves together those memories with his parentsí wartime letters and his motherís recollections to create a unique blend of history and memoir. Through his fatherís letters he reveals the warís effect on a man who fought in the Battle of the Bulge with the 17th Airborne but wanted nothing more than to return home, a man who expressed the feelings of thousands when he wrote to his wife, ďIíve seen and been through a lot but want to forget it all as soon as I can.Ē And Haney illuminates life on the home front in small-town America as well, describing how profoundly the war changed such communities. At the same time, his memories of an idyllic family life make clear what soldiers like Clyde Haney felt they were defending. With When Is Daddy Coming Home?, Richard Haney makes an exceptional contribution to the literature on the Greatest Generationóone that is both devastatingly personal and representative of what families all over America endured during that testing time. No one who reads this powerful story will come away unmoved.

ISBN: 0870203649
160 pp, illustrated. hardcover

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