War Letters: Extraordinary Correspondence from American Wars

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Andrew Carroll

Narrated By: Tom Brokaw, Joan Allen

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: May 2001

Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes


War Letters is the most dramatic, impassioned, and comprehensive anthology of American war letters ever assembled. In November 1998, Dear Abby announced the aim of the Legacy Project. Since then, over 20,000 letters have come in from all around the country, all previously unpublished. The book features the most extraordinary letters received (approximately 150), written during America's wars, including the Civil War, World Wars I and II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and Desert Storm.

Included here are breathtaking eyewitness accounts of famous battles; intimate declarations of love and longing; poignant final letters written only days or even hours before soldiers were killed; incredible personal encounters with distinguished military leaders; and humorous anecdotes and gripes about insufferable conditions and commanding officers. The majority of the letters are written by combatants, but there are also many by war nurses, family members writing from home, draft resisters, and others affected by the ravages of war. The book is arranged chronologically by war, and each letter is preceded by an enlightening headnote, providing historical background and biographical detail. The most profound and memorable expressions of fear, loneliness, whimsy, exasperation, anger, exhilaration, and patriotism, these letters are more immediate than a memoir and will capture the hearts of readers everywhere.