16 December, 2015

When books went to war by Molly Guptill Manning

I realise I’m preaching to the converted – I’m sure readers of a library blog are generally committed readers themselves. 

So, reading a book about the power of books and reading should be a winner, right? 

When books went to war is a resonant statement of such power. That the US military considered books so important, they held back thousands to supply the D-Day invasion force. 

That publishers put aside differences and worked together to supply over 140 million books to American troops around the world. And revolutionised the publishing industry in the process.

That thousands of non-readers became readers in the trenches and ships. Books relieved their boredom. Books reassured them they could still feel and care – and were human. Books could educate them. Books transported them back home, to a world they were forgetting. 

The scale of the programme is staggering. The personal connection men felt to authors and their books is affecting. 

Note: you may need tissues. 

Title: When books went to war: the stories that helped us win World War II
Author: Molly Guptill Manning

Recommended by Annie C, Helensville Library
Annie C is a voracious and versatile reader, but her habitual reads are fantasy, romance, and a diverse selection of non-fiction subjects. 

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