1942: The Year That Tried Men's Souls by Winston Groom

By Winston Groom


From the writer of Forrest Gump and A hurricane in Flanders comes a riveting chronicle of America's most crucial hour. On December 6, 1941, an unforeseen assault on American territory pulled an unprepared kingdom right into a terrifying new model of war. Novelist and renowned historian Winston Groom vividly re-creates the tale of America's first 12 months in international conflict II. To the iteration of american citizens who lived via it, the second one international conflict used to be the defining occasion of the 20th century, and the defining occasions of that conflict have been performed out within the 12 months 1942.

This account covers the Allies' relentless defeats because the Axis overran so much of Europe, North Africa, and the some distance East. yet midyear the tide started to flip. the United States ultimately went at the offensive within the Pacific, and within the west the British defeated Rommel's panzer divisions at El Alamein whereas the U.S. military started to push the Germans out of North Africa. by means of the year's finish, the scent of victory used to be within the air. 1942, informed with Groom's entire storyteller's eye, permits us into the admirals' process rooms, onto the conflict fronts, and into the guts of a country at struggle.

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That might be helpful. Professors Bowersock and von Staden were especially This stimulating and collegial atmosphere of collabora- helpful as I confronted the problem of analyzing the war- tion continued to grow, especially when the weekly lun- time reception of Honegger’s modernist opera, Antigone, cheon lectures presented by the school’s members began. which was based on the text that Cocteau had adapted from I gave a talk about the various ways in which not only Sophocles’ original. Professor Bowersock made substantial the Germans but the different factions within Vichy—as efforts to compare the Greek original with Cocteau’s ver- well as the intellectual Resistance—manipulated both the sion.

Being in the company of Svetlana Alpers, To this day I think that the Institute’s greatest strength Keith Baker, Tim Clark, Bob Darnton, Geoffrey Hawthorn, is the quality of its faculty. In 1979, a social scientist could and Roberto Schwarz—to name but a few and in alphabeti- not have found a better place in the entire academic world cal order—was awesome. It was in such company that I than the School of Social Science. Both the late Clifford had to survive intellectually. At the Institute, I learned how Geertz and Albert Hirschman were towering figures in the important the extra-intellectual context is for achieving field.

Professor von Staden discussed his insights with me image and performances of Berlioz in order to serve their at considerable length. Other members also were generous own ideological ends. , whose own talks inspired me as well as my research that I had completed there at national meetings of colleagues and opened up other valuable areas of interest. the American Historical Association, the American Musi- When given another opportunity to present a luncheon lecture, this time to the faculty and members of the School cological Society, and a conference on the Ligue de l’Action Française at the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris.

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