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Over Here How the G. I. Bill Transformed the American Dream

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ISBN-10: 0151007101

ISBN-13: 9780151007103

Edition: 2006

Authors: Edward Humes

List price: $26.00
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In 1944, the U.S. government feared the flood of returning World War II soldiers as much as it looked forward to peace. To avoid economic catastrophe, FDR, the American Legion, William Randolph Hearst, and others began crafting the Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944. It would be the single most transformative bill of the twentieth century. Spun as the G.I. Bill of Rights, this program for vets included home loans, health care, educational funds, and career counseling. The effects were immediate and enduring-- the suburbs, the middle class, America's ever-increasing number of college graduates, the lunar landing-- all are tied to the G.I. Bill. The Greatest Generation would not exist without it: Norman Mailer, Bob Dole, John F. Kennedy, Paul Newman, Jimmy Carter, Clint Eastwood, and many others benefited from its provisions. Here are the stories of some of these men and women, how their lives changed because of the bill and how this country changed because of them.
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Book details

List price: $26.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 10/2/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Edward Humes is a veteran journalist, contributing to the Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine, and has written numerous books including Baby E. R. and the bestselling Mississippi Mud, Mean Justice, and No Matter How Loud I Shout. A graduate of Hampshire College and a Pulitzer Prize winner, he lives in Southern California with his family.

Prologue: Troop Movement Unlike Any Other
The Greatest Regeneration: The Accidental Remaking of America
Cold Wars, Hot Rockets, a New American Dream
Investing in the Future: Bill Thomas and the Rise of Suburbia
Bill and Vivian Kingsley: G.I. Tech
Out of the Blue: Medical Miracles
Nixon and Kennedy, Bonnie and Clyde: The G.I. Bill and the Arts
Gunnery Mates and Other Invisible Veterans: Women and the G.I. Bill that Wasn't
Monte Posey's War: Race and the G.I. Bill
What's inside? Leaders and the G.I. Bill
Epilogue Kilroy's Not Here: The Future and the G.I. Bill
Acknowledgments
A Note on Sources
Index