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The Home Front: Life in America During World War II

By: Audible Originals,Martin Sheen,Dan Gediman
Narrated by: Martin Sheen
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  • Narrated by award-winning actor Martin Sheen, The Home Front: Life in America During World War II takes listeners into the lives of Americans at home who supported the war effort and sustained the country during wartime. The war brought immediate, life-changing shifts; from the rationing of butter, to an explosion of war-related jobs, to mixed-signals about the role of women in society. Feel what living in the United States was like for everyday people during this disruptive and uncertain period of American history in this Audible Original series. Executive producer was Martha Little. Series producer was Dan Gediman.

    When you add The Home Front: Life in America During World War II to your library you will receive all 16 episodes, each with a runtime of approximately 30 minutes.

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  • Oct 24 2017

    Emmy and Golden Globe winner Martin Sheen takes listeners back to the beginning of America’s involvement in World War II. Hear from ordinary Americans who, thanks to the power of radio, were finally able to voice their hopes and worries to the man in charge: President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

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    18 mins
  • Oct 24 2017

    In this episode, hear why many Americans were reluctant to join the new war raging overseas. Still reeling from the trauma of the World War I, the struggles of the Great Depression, and the growing fear of communism, citizens felt strong isolationist impulses and turned away from growing Nazi aggression.

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    34 mins
  • Oct 24 2017

    In 1939, France and the U.K. declared war against Germany, but fear and isolationism kept America from joining the effort. Host Martin Sheen examines the battle that was being waged stateside between the America First movement and interventionists – including FDR’s scheme to supply arms to allies while appearing neutral.

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    29 mins

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Loved this book

Great book, lots of great info I wasn't aware of. It definitely was a plus to hear the actual audio of individuals.

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A Look at Those Left Behind When Others Go to War

I’ve read a lot of histories focusing on World War II. Most of them deal with what life was like back in the U.S. while soldiers fought the war in, at most, a chapter. Many of them ignore the U.S. home front completely, focusing on the greater deprivation felt in European countries. The experiences of civilians in the rest of the world tends to get ignored. This book seeks to rectify that omission in the United States and it does a very good job of it. It holds itself together with a mild political narrative because the country is often reacting to that large structure of Hitler’s invasions and FDR and Congress’ responses. But the heart of the books and most of the skeletal bones focuses on what it was like to be called up for service, to join the factory lines, to be imprisoned because you’re a Japanese American, to deal with rationing, to see loved ones go, and return different if they returned at all. It’s a worthy contribution to the works on World War II.

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Great!

My father was obsessed with WWII, so I have heard a lot of stuff about this war. Even so this is a great audio about WWII, it had a few details that I didn’t even know about. Narration and recordings were excellent.

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Excellent glimpse of America during WW II

I liked this podcast a lot. It brought back old memories I have of being a child in America during WW II.

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Reinforced my pacifism

The "GoodWar"? This revealing podcast deepened my understanding of my parents' generation and how easily they have latched onto a different narrative, bolstered by the myth of American exceptionalism.

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Unexpected gem of a book.

Well done and very entertaining. Good look at ww2 life. Sheen always had a voice perfectly suited for audio books.

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A provocative account...wonderfully presented

I shed many tears during this book. I am 56 snd my dad and uncles served in Korea. Thank God they returned. I knew life was a struggle for these people in wartime. But hearing the personal accounts were so eye opening. I think everyone should read or listen to the last two chapters. Martin you did a wonderful job!

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Excellent

A revealing look at parts of history from the 30s and 40s that didn't make the headlines. And of course, Martin Sheen's voice moving the story along.

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Great!

i loved it, Martin Sheen was a good narrator. And that made it more interesting.

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In depth account!!!! Riveting!!!!

Not a better narrator could have been chosen. Highly educational and informational account of American livelihood pre WW II through post WWII. A great Aneican experience that pans out!!!