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When Books Went to War
When Books Went to War: The Stories That Helped Us Win World War II | Molly Guptill Manning
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Chronicles the joint effort of the U.S. government, the publishing industry and the nation's librarians to boost troop morale during World War II by shipping 120 million books to the front lines for soldiers to read during what little downtime they had. 35,000 first printing.
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If you haven‘t grabbed this book yet now‘s your chance. The ebook is still on sale. I loved the audio of the book and I‘d listen/read it again in a heartbeat. It was brilliant and could vie for your best read of the year.

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This book is about books. Books burned. Books saved. Books censored. It‘s the story about the Armed Services Edition of books that fit in soldiers‘ pockets so they could take and read them in foxholes and anywhere else. But the book is also about the Nazi book burnings, an attempt at censorship in the USA, and so much more. It‘s an excellent audiobook but I want the book-book now so I can mark up the countless brilliant quotes. 5+ stars

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With the cooperation of other authors, HG Wells established the Library of Burned Books, which opened in Paris in the spring of 1934. The library housed copies of all books banned or burned by the Nazis, and held in safekeeping writings and books donated by German refugees and anyone else who felt their books might be at risk.

tpixie Very interesting! 1y
SamAnne Wow. Did not know this. 1y
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Helen Keller: “You can burn my books and the books of the best minds in Europe, but the ideas in them have seeped through a million channels and will continue to quicken other minds.”

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Started listening to this audiobook yesterday. Oh my goodness, if you love books this is the book for you. It‘s not only about supplying books to our troops, but about the Nazi book burning. Did you know that Helen Keller wrote to the German government when it put her book on the burn list? Did you know HG Wells started a library for the books Germany was burning? Countless brilliant quotes throughout so far.

kspenmoll Sounds fascinating! 1y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I came across this the other day and added it to my Hoopla favorites going to get to it eventually. This review makes it sound even better than it already did! 1y
Emily92Bibliophile Such. A. Great. Book. ❤️📚❤️ 1y
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Emily92Bibliophile An AMAZING book! 💙💙 2y
TNbookworm I loved this book! 2y
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goodbyefrancie
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Catching up on housework and listening to #Audible. I'm determined to remain distracted by books for the entire weekend. Weekends are for recharging.

#Essential

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Readswithcoffee
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This is a nonfiction account of the development of the Armed Services Editions (ASEs) - books provided to those serving in the United States military during WWII. The impact of ASEs on the lives of the soldiers was beyond anything I would have ever imagined. I learned a lot.

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WanderingBookaneer
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Readswithcoffee Thanks for the heads up on this! 3y
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Jen2
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Wonderful story!!

Nebklvr Loved this!! 3y
TNbookworm Loved this book so much! 3y
Readswithcoffee I‘ve just started listening to this audiobook. It is fascinating so far. 3y
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Gina
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How cool is this...♡♡♡

#WWII

Nute I read this. It was fascinating! 3y
Gina @Nute oh neat. Thanks for the comment! 3y
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SW-T
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Love this old poster 📚📚😊

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Aims42
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Congrats on your milestone @LaurenReads 🎉🎉🎉 ‘When Books Went to War‘ is a favorite nonfiction book of mine. Even though it‘s about a tough subject (WWII) it makes my heart smile reading how books had such a impact on our soldiers overseas, and how important reading is 💗 Thanks for hosting this fun giveaway #hundredgrand 😊

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Aims42
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1. ‘When Books Went to War‘; it shows how something as simple as books have such an impact on people‘s lives. I recommend this book to everyone who enjoys reading 👍🏻
2. I‘d love to get to Boston someday
3. @kellyann28 thank you💜! I‘ve got my fingers crossed 🤞🏼

kellyann28 Thanks for entering! 4y
Aims42 @kellyann28 thank you for doing this! 4y
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Aims42
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Re-reading a favorite until my next read comes in the mail. Ugh, have to wait until Monday to get it, don‘t think I‘ll get it tomorrow 😕

LisaJo Lovely bookmark. 4y
Aims42 Thanks @LisaJo, it‘s one of my favorite bookmarks, I got it from @Babiesandbooks Etsy shop 💖 4y
Bookartbookmarks Looks cozy!! 4y
Aims42 @Babiesandbooks I‘m so ready for spring to come, tired of 30s and wind. Blah! It is cozy reading weather so there is that ☺️🍷📚🕯🛋 4y
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AlaMich
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Trying to get out of my #readingslump with this #bookaboutbooks. I seem to be in a mood where even the slightest thing that irritates me about a book causes me to DNF it. I gave this book to my uncle, who only reads non-fiction, and then he gave it back to me to read. Win-win!! 😊

tomes4gnomes I‘m going through the same thing — I‘ve DNF‘d 3 books in the last week! Reading slumps are REAL. 🤷‍♀️ 5y
AlaMich @tomes4gnomes Absolutely!! ☹️ 5y
OrangeMooseReads It is a good book. Incredibly interesting. 5y
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callielafleur
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❤️ My bookish haul came mostly from @Lwiesman in my amazing #ssgp box. I also got a Handbook for the Recently Deceased journal!
❤️ For NYE we always hang out with my BiL and his family, play Magic the Gathering (I know) and get Chinese takeout.
❤️ My mom made Irish cream for our Christmas morning coffee. Yum.
❤️ Different editions of A Christmas Carol.
❤️ Come to the land of the ice and snow....

Last #HumpDayPost of the year! Thanks @MinDea 😍

julesG My kids and I would join you for a bit of Magic. 😉 5y
TK421 From the midnight sun, where the hot springs flow. 5y
MiyakoBunny I have the Handbook for the Recently Deceased Purse 👜 it‘s one of my Fave items too 🖤🖤🖤 I want the Journal so bad ♥️♥️♥️😍😍😍 Lucky🍀! 5y
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callielafleur @julesG it's so fun, isn't it? Why am I so embarrassed to admit that I play? 😂 @TK421 👏🤘 @MiyakoBunny ooooo purse of this would be such a fun accessory! ❤️❤️ 5y
MinDea 🎶The hammer of the gods 5y
DGRachel I was so hoping someone would do this song! 5y
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Emily92Bibliophile
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Me and Grandad reading our bookish gifts! I gave G Dad one of my favorite books, When Books Went to War, and he LOVES it so far! Fun fact about what I love about G Dad: he has a memory of an elephant, and loves reciting ballads, poems, recitations, and etc. of history. He does so with humor and spunk. He is my Bookish Grandfather and we love sharing stories! MERRY CHRISTMAS friends !! 🎄

AceOnRoam He sounds awesome. Merry Christmas 5y
JessClark78 Merry Christmas! 5y
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callielafleur
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#MostWantedTopFive

Uncommon Type - Tom Hanks
Pachinko - Min Jin Lee
The Devil's Rooming House - M William Phelps
How the Right Lost Its Mind - Charles J Sykes
When Books Went to War - Molly Guptill Manning

A little extra help for my swap person! 😎😎

Bookwormjillk When Books Went to War is so good! 5y
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“Wells protested Germany‘s actions by providing a refuge for endangered titles. With the cooperation of other authors, Wells established the Library of Burned Books, which opened in Paris in the spring of 1934. The library housed copies of all books banned or burned by the Nazis, and held in safekeeping writings and books donated by German refugees and anyone who felt their books might be at risk” #protest #quotsynov17

MKbookworm This is a fascinating read. I highly recommend it. 5y
JazzFeathers Never known about this bit of history. Fascinating. Thanks for sharing 5y
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bookdrunkard78
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September's #MostAnticipated books are the top and bottom ones which are taking me way too long to finish. Plus, the two in the middle - one being for #RavenMail . Plus a few others lined up for swaps, etc. #FallintoBooks

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Lidia
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Part of the history section at the bookstore yesterday. I just wanted to get #allthebooks ! #itshistory #anditsaugust

BookBabe Um, is that the Amazon Bookstore by any chance? 🙊 Love the covers-out format and the blurbs beneath each book! 😍 Also, I read Dead Wake and it's fabulous. I bet @MrBook has read others here...he's quite the history buff. 5y
Lidia @BookBabe yes it is! I was in San Diego this weekend and just had to go and take a look. I also loved how they organized everything in each section and the blurbs were really helpful. Dead Wake sounded so interesting :) 5y
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5⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️????? This book is AMAZING and you got to read it! The author shows how books helped WWII soldiers stay connected and " feel human", and how publishers, libraries, and librarians fought for the freedom of thought, speech,&books to be given to our soldiers in a war that was taking away freedom of thought and speech. Again, READ THIS BOOK- I cannot recommend this book more, and it is my favorite book read so far of 2017??????

Emily92Bibliophile ⬆️Also I bought this book in NYC last weekend at the NYC Public Library - so glad I did!! 5y
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Emily92Bibliophile
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Spending a couple hours at the New York Public Library- I am in love with it!! At checkout after having a nice conversation with the library worker, and remarking my library was not even using credit cards yet, she gave me a librarian discount!! 📚📚

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 stars!! Everyone who enjoys WWII history and everyone who just loves books needs to read this. I highly recommend it!!

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This so true!!

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I'm starting 'When Books Went to War' by Molly Guptill Manning today to celebrate our nation's freedom. Thank you to our brave servicemen and servicewomen for making our way of life possible!! 🎉❤️🎉

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drokka
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What might be required to make important changes is a reason to have the military disagree with a (potential) federal law, or an alteration to one. #resistance

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drokka
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This section deals with absentee ballots for service men and other necessary wartime positions away from home during the war and Taft's inclusion of Title V. The Title was about the exclusion of anything that could be considered propaganda also being sent to those potential voters.

The freedom to vote vs. Censorship during a war that was in large part about the loss of freedoms. Apparently, this stuff isn't new in democracies.

rockpools This sounds fascinating! 5y
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I don't know if books that included sex/seduction had been called trashy before, but I find it interesting that the service men didn't seem to think so.

They did however end up getting the books they wanted. 🙂

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Loved this book! I had to get on ebay and get some Armed Services Editions of some books just to have on my shelf. I like thinking about where those books have been! 5y
drokka @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I was wondering if any had survived. I think knowing they have more history than the usual mass published books of today. I think it's also interesting that some of the titles chosen as ASEs are still widely read by service men and women (at least in the Marines). My understanding is that while not officially required reading A Tree Grows in Brooklyn still makes its way to the front lines. I'm not American and want one. 5y
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A fantastic read about the importance of books and reading to democracy. Details how WWII was not just a physical battle, but also a battle of ideas. It was Nazi Germany's book burning and censorship vs. USA's sending millions of books to troops at the front in special Armed Services Editions. Anyone who loves reading should read this book. Also, librarians should read it too as it showcases our beloved values, particularly that of access for all.

drokka I'm reading this at the moment and fully agree that anyone interested in books, libraries, the value of fighting censorship with words, and empowering people through words. Also, I think it shows the struggle of wanting to support troops through donations but being selective about gains had through the depression era. 5y
Hollie I loved this one, especially where A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (my fav) was discussed! 5y
emilyesears @Hollie I really want to read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn! I‘ve got it on my 2018 TBR. 5y
emilyesears @drokka This is the kind of book that I want to shove into people‘s hands. I still think about this book a lot. 5y
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The only one on my TBR that's war related. Thank you to all our brave soldiers. #inmemoriam #maybookflowers
@RealLifeReading

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MKbookworm
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A moving piece written by author Betty Smith in the days following D-Day #inmemoriam #maybookflowers #memorialday

Bklover Oh my. 😥 5y
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Not that I'm fond of wars, but I have to say that I'm rather pleased there was a rethink about paperbacks. I commute a lot and hardcovers are a pain in the patootie (a beautiful as many are) I prefer the penalty of waiting for paperbacks (most of the time). #warchangeseverything

Jennick2004 I very much prefer reading a paperback...I can hold it with one hand 😝 5y
Nat_Reads I too prefer paperbacks! Most of my friends judge me for that lol!! 5y
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Today's thrift shop find. During WWII, American librarians campaigned to send reading material overseas to soldiers and, with the help of the War Dept. and the publishing industry, eventually sent over 120 million books. This effort turned A Tree Grows in Brooklyn into a bestseller and saved The Great Gatsby from obscurity.
#BooksAboutBooks

LeeRHarry This looks fascinating 😊 5y
readinginthedark A friend of mine told me this is so good! I've been meaning to read it! 5y
Bradleygirl Totally looking this up 5y
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Nebklvr This was great on audio--very interesting! 5y
LeahBergen @LeeRHarry It does, doesn't it?? 5y
LeahBergen @readinginthedark Oh, that's good to hear! 👍🏼 5y
LeahBergen @Nebklvr I bet it was. 👍🏼 5y
ValerieAndBooks Stacking! I just came across that story about The Great Gatsby in my current read! 5y
LeahBergen @ValerieAndBooks Oh, I've been eyeing that book, too! 5y
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Nebklvr
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A great nonfiction audio book detailing the lengths the US went through to build WWII soldier morale by providing books!! Wonderful. I learned tons!

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Nebklvr
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So this isn't what I thought it would be, but so far it is very interesting! This details the massive push for book donations to supply to the Soldiers during WWII. Librarians saw books as a way to emphasize the difference between US and Nazi Germany culture. We were donating while they were burning. The magnitude of acquiring that many books...amazing!

Texreader Didn't know that and it is fascinating thing to know! 5y
Nebklvr It is very good so far! 5y
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cizzy
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Reasons we read #257: So history won't repeat itself. #freepress

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Melmar
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This should keep me occupied for a bit #readathon #winterreads #redharder

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I've wanted this book for ages, and while I was checking prices on my Kindle samples to see if there were any good deals, I discovered this is currently only $1.99! Sadly, it turned out I had less than that in my bank account, so hopefully it will stay on sale until paycheck time tomorrow.

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LindaGrace812

I highly recommend this book! What a delight! If you love books and are interested in what was going on in the home front during WWII, you will love this book!

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Zoe_reads_books
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I went to a talk this week about the Council on Books in Wartime and the books they published and sent to American soldiers fighting on WWII. It was super interesting and really made me want to get around to finally reading this book!

EvieBee Yes! Me too. I have a Kindle copy and have been meaning to read it. 6y
Hollie The book is really well done, I think you'll like it! 6y
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A fascinating look at a little remembered program from WWII to provide soldiers with books and how important those books were to the moral and emotional support of our troops. This program also helped create or modern market for mass paperback books and made reading more available to everyone. I especially liked the part where they showed the council fighting back against censorship. The writing style is easy and accessable and very educational.