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Lena Tabori

Lena Tabori

Posted: November 11, 2010 07:12 AM

Today is the day we honor our veterans. Yet many of us, particularly the young amongst us, know little of World War 2, a war that every American played a part in. A new book that pays tribute to World War II veterans hopes to change that. As an immigrant myself born during the war, their stories bring me closer to the truth of that war than anything I learned in school. Of course, there have been many brilliant books published abut the war and I share a few others particularly important to me.

The Last Good War
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There are two million American veterans still alive, in their eighties and nineties, and we are losing more everyday. An American myself now, I am incredibly lucky to be publishing a book on that war from a deeply American point of view. "The Last Good War" (Welcome Books, $45), with photographs by Thomas Sanders and text by Veronica Kavass, tells the story of the war through the faces and the histories of the veterans who are still alive. Tom began the project as a graduate student in California. He is now twenty-five and through the kindness of a retirement community, Belmont Senior Villages, he flew for three years all over America photographing vets, vets of all colors, sexes and battalions. Veronica Kavass, trained as an oral historian with StoryCorps, interviewed them and in the great tradition of Studs Terkel, wrote their stories. The book is heartbreaking, incredibly funny at times, moving always and dazzling in its ability to bring you the story of the war through these everyday heroes. Of course, there is no good war but this is a war every American was involved in. Imagine: an airplane was manufactured every day from pots and pans that Americans contributed to the melting pot.
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