Wartime Experiences

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Books about war, particularly the Vietnam War, tend to be filled with language that make them impossible to give to children. The books in this collection explain what it was like to fight in the American Civil War, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the first Gulf War from the veterans themselves and without unacceptable language. These are important accounts from those who were there.

The Confederate Army and Navy Prayer Book is a reproduction of the original prayer book given to troops in 1864. The Handbook for U.S. Forces in Vietnam is a reprint of the booklet that was given in 1966 to all U.S. personnel going to Vietnam.

Books about war, particularly the Vietnam War, tend to be filled with language that make them impossible to give to students. The books in this collection explain what it was like to fight in the American Civil War, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the first Gulf War from the veterans themselves and without unacceptable language. These are important accounts from those who were there.

The Confederate Army and Navy Prayer Book is a reproduction of the original prayer book given to troops in 1864. The Handbook for U.S. Forces in Vietnam is a reprint of the booklet that was given in 1966 to all U.S. personnel going to Vietnam.

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Young Heroes of the Civil War

Author: Fiore, C. A.

Subjects: American History; Civil War; Heroes; Creative Nonfiction

Age: 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-88092-6393

Order code: 6393

Price: $14.99
Website price: $10.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 6393S

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During the American Civil War, boys joined the forces on both sides. Some were pre-teenage (even as young as eight years old). Many were teenage noncombatants, drummers, fifers, and buglers who abandoned their instruments and grabbed muskets to join the fighting ranks, becoming heroes beyond the call of duty and winning Medals of Honor. Many boys and young men did everything their older comrades-in-arms did, and many were horribly injured, imprisoned, killed, or died of disease.

Author C. A. Fiore wrote: "The young fighters and noncombatants of the Civil War served with distinction yet received a minimum amount of credit and recognition after the hostilities ceased. Published literature hardly ever mentioned the younger underage soldiers and sailors. Their vitally important contributions...went relatively unnoticed."

Sixteen chapters of the book are presented in the first person, as if the young heroes were telling their stories directly to us. Four more chapters offer background and perspective and highlight the contributions of black and Native American combatants. There are poignant letters home and eye-witness accounts of how the battle-hardened soldiers were affected by the deaths of the youngsters. This is a revealing and moving book.

During the American Civil War, boys joined the forces on both sides. Some were pre-teenage (even as young as eight years old). Many were teenage noncombatants, drummers, fifers, and buglers who abandoned their instruments and grabbed muskets to join the fighting ranks, becoming heroes beyond the call of duty and winning Medals of Honor. Many boys and young men did everything their older comrades-in-arms did, and many were horribly injured, imprisoned, killed, or died of disease.

Author C. A. Fiore wrote: "The young fighters and noncombatants of the Civil War served with distinction yet received a minimum amount of credit and recognition after the hostilities ceased. Published literature hardly ever mentioned the younger underage soldiers and sailors. Their vitally important contributions...went relatively unnoticed."

Sixteen chapters of the book are presented in the first person, as if the young heroes were telling their stories directly to us. Four more chapters offer background and perspective and highlight the contributions of black and Native American combatants. There are poignant letters home and eye-witness accounts of how the battle-hardened soldiers were affected by the deaths of the youngsters. This is a revealing and moving book.

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Confederate Army and Navy Prayer Book

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Subjects: American History; Civil War; Religion

Order code: 6249

Price: $9.99
Website price: $8.00

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This is a reproduction of the famous Confederate Army and Navy Prayer Book. It was first published in Richmond, Virginia, in 1864 by the Diocesan Missionary Society for the Protestant Episcopal Church of Virginia. The book measures approximately 3-1/4 x 4-1/4 inches—pocket-sized—making it handy for Civil War reenactments.

This is a reproduction of the famous Confederate Army and Navy Prayer Book. It was first published in Richmond, Virginia, in 1864 by the Diocesan Missionary Society for the Protestant Episcopal Church of Virginia. The book measures approximately 3-1/4 x 4-1/4 inches—pocket-sized—making it handy for Civil War reenactments.

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What Happened to American Prisoners of War in Korea

Author: Strait, Sandy

Subjects: History; Personal Experience; Korean War

Age: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

Order code: 2753

Price: $24.99
Website price: $15.00

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When the American prisoners came home after the Korean War, there were numerous rumors about how our men had not done so well, how they had collaborated with the enemy, how they had dishonored themselves, how they had not had the discipline of the Turkish prisoners, how no American soldiers had cracked the way our men did in Korea. The Pentagon made the men sign Circular 131, which prohibited them from speaking or writing about their experiences as prisoners in Korea. So the rumors persisted; the truth never came to light.

Now, here laid out in chronological arrangement, is the full story as told by the survivors of the horror our men experienced as prisoners of war in Korea: the thousands murdered after capture, the deliberate torture, the privations, lies, propaganda, indoctrination, protests, harassment, escape attempts, liberation, and homecoming, as well as a listing of the prisoners, the roll of those still missing, and a list of those known to have died in captivity. It is a riveting book!

When the American prisoners came home after the Korean War, there were numerous rumors about how our men had not done so well, how they had collaborated with the enemy, how they had dishonored themselves, how they had not had the discipline of the Turkish prisoners, how no American soldiers had cracked the way our men did in Korea. The Pentagon made the men sign Circular 131, which prohibited them from speaking or writing about their experiences as prisoners in Korea. So the rumors persisted; the truth never came to light.

Now, here laid out in chronological arrangement, is the full story as told by the survivors of the horror our men experienced as prisoners of war in Korea: the thousands murdered after capture, the deliberate torture, the privations, lies, propaganda, indoctrination, protests, harassment, escape attempts, liberation, and homecoming, as well as a listing of the prisoners, the roll of those still missing, and a list of those known to have died in captivity. It is a riveting book!

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What Was It Like in the Korean War?

Author: Strait, Sandy

Subjects: History; Personal Experience; Korean War

Age: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

Order code: 3989

Price: $24.99
Website price: $15.00

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A companion book to What Happened to American Prisoners of War in Korea, this volume focuses on the experiences of our soldiers who were not taken prisoner.

A companion book to What Happened to American Prisoners of War in Korea, this volume focuses on the experiences of our soldiers who were not taken prisoner.

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Ghost Tracks

Author: Finn, John Michael

Subjects: History; Vietnam War; Personal Experience

Age: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-88092-736-9

Order code: 7369

Price: $14.99
Website price: $10.00

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In 1968, Mike Finn was a graduate student in physics who was drafted and sent with the Fourth Infantry Division to the Central Highlands of Vietnam. This book is a collection of flashbacks, which he has put in historical context and on which he has reflected for thirty years. It offers vivid insight into what it was like to be there—the confusion and pain, the comradeship and fear, the beauty of the country, the characters of those he met, and the sheer evil that is war. It is also a testimony to the men who knew that the cause for which they fought was lost, who were largely abandoned to their fate, and yet most of whom comported themselves, in Finn’s words, “…with grace, dignity, valor, and distinction."

Finn was first sent as a rifleman. He was later assigned to the Public Information Office and had the opportunity to travel to different units and view the operation on a wider front. After the American withdrawal, he experienced with other veterans the public reaction: “So this is how it is to be...first we are sent to die for other people’s mistakes, and then, when we return, we become the scapegoats for other people’s guilt." It is a stunning, thoughtful, and humane account.

Mike Finn was a professor of physics at the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia.

In 1968, Mike Finn was a graduate student in physics who was drafted and sent with the Fourth Infantry Division to the Central Highlands of Vietnam. This book is a collection of flashbacks, which he has put in historical context and on which he has reflected for thirty years. It offers vivid insight into what it was like to be there—the confusion and pain, the comradeship and fear, the beauty of the country, the characters of those he met, and the sheer evil that is war. It is also a testimony to the men who knew that the cause for which they fought was lost, who were largely abandoned to their fate, and yet most of whom comported themselves, in Finn’s words, “…with grace, dignity, valor, and distinction."

Finn was first sent as a rifleman. He was later assigned to the Public Information Office and had the opportunity to travel to different units and view the operation on a wider front. After the American withdrawal, he experienced with other veterans the public reaction: “So this is how it is to be...first we are sent to die for other people’s mistakes, and then, when we return, we become the scapegoats for other people’s guilt." It is a stunning, thoughtful, and humane account.

Mike Finn was a professor of physics at the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia.

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What Was It Like in Vietnam?

Author: Strait, Sandy

Subjects: History; Vietnam War; Personal Experience

Age: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

Order code: 0491

Price: $24.99
Website price: $15.00

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Honest Answers from Those Who Were There

Voted Best Book on Vietnam Veterans by the American Veteran Service
Recommended by Stars and Stripes Magazine

The war in Vietnam is ancient history to high school students who were born years after the United States withdrew. This book presents the accounts of people who fought there to give teens some insight into the experience.

Honest Answers from Those Who Were There

Voted Best Book on Vietnam Veterans by the American Veteran Service
Recommended by Stars and Stripes Magazine

The war in Vietnam is ancient history to high school students who were born years after the United States withdrew. This book presents the accounts of people who fought there to give students some insight into the experience.

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Handbook for U.S. Forces in Vietnam

Author: Department of Defense

Subjects: History; Vietnam War

Age: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

Order code: 3741

Price: $24.99
Website price: $15.00

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This is an exact reprint of the 1966 handbook given to all United States forces going to Vietnam. It is a revealing document of what the Pentagon knew and what the military understood as the United States sent tens of thousands of its young men to fight in Vietnam. It contains discussions of Vietnamese strategy, diagrams of traps and tunnels, pictures of equipment, and lengthy discussions of what our forces should do in each situation to protect themselves.

This is an exact reprint of the 1966 handbook given to all United States forces going to Vietnam. It is a revealing document of what the Pentagon knew and what the military understood as the United States sent tens of thousands of its young men to fight in Vietnam. It contains discussions of Vietnamese strategy, diagrams of traps and tunnels, pictures of equipment, and lengthy discussions of what our forces should do in each situation to protect themselves.

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What Was It Like in Desert Storm?

Author: Strait, Sandy

Subjects: History; Gulf War; Personal Experience

Age: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

Order code: 3164

Price: $24.99
Website price: $15.00

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This book is an examination of the first Gulf War, with a chronology and an examination of several of the issues involved, together with the personal stories of many of the men and women who served in Desert Storm.

This book is an examination of the first Gulf War, with a chronology and an examination of several of the issues involved, together with the personal stories of many of the men and women who served in Desert Storm.

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