Thanks for the Memories Love, Sex, and World War II

ISBN-10: 1597972770
ISBN-13: 9781597972772
Edition: 2008
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Book details

List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Potomac Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/1/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 186
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.726
Language: English

The collective consciousness of World War II revolved around the virtues of bravery, sacrifice, and commitment. Members of the "Greatest Generation" toed political and social lines in hopes of winning the war. They fell into lockstep, not asking many questions and breaking few social and sexual mores. Or did they? In fact, World War II, like all wars, was an era of sexual experimentation and a general loosening of morals. During this time of conflicting emotions and messages, of great sacrifice, and of discovery, some groups, especially women, experienced a relaxing of bonds that had kept them in check. Thanks for the Memories: Love, Sex, and World War II is the true story of how that generation responded to the fervor of war and how those passions changed their lives-and the relationships between the sexes-forever. But this book is more than that. As Jane Mersky Leder writes, "Thanks for the Memories opens the hearts and memories of a generation that is dying, by one estimate, at the rate of more than 1,000 a day." It not only exposes the Greatest Generation's sexual and romantic escapades, it underscores how those four war years revolutionized relationships (including those between gays) and helped set the stage for the second wave of the women's liberation movement. "Many who never thought their stories mattered," Leder writes, "now feel the pull of limited time, and the importance of leaving an accurate account for their children and grandchildren of what it was like to be a young man or young woman during World War II. This is their collective story."

JANE MERSKY LEDER is a freelance writer and journalist. She is the author of the award-winning book, Dead Serious, as well as Brothers & Sisters: How They Shape Our Lives and Grace & Glory: A Century of Women in the Olympics. Her articles have appeared in numerous publications, including Psychology Today, the Chicago Sun-Times, and American Heritage.

Introduction
Prologue: To My Parents-Morris and Shirley Mersky
Derailed Dreams
"Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition"
"Eat, Drink, and Be Merry, for Tomorrow We May Die"
Discrimination in the Ranks
An Army of Service Wives
Waiting Wives and Home Front Popular Culture
"Over Sexed, Over Fed, Over Paid, Over There"
"You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To"
Babies, Suburbia, and the Seeds of Change
Selected Bibliography
Index

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