• The Things Our Fathers Saw

  • The Untold Stories of the World War II Generation from Hometown, USA - Voices of the Pacific Theater
  • By: Matthew A. Rozell
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber, Sean Runnette
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (466 ratings)

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The Things Our Fathers Saw

By: Matthew A. Rozell
Narrated by: Hillary Huber,Sean Runnette
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Publisher's Summary

At the height of World War II, LOOK Magazine profiled a small American community for a series of articles portraying it as the wholesome, patriotic model of life on the home front. Decades later, author Matthew A. Rozell tracks down over 30 survivors who fought the war in the Pacific, from Pearl Harbor to the surrender at Tokyo Bay.

The book resurrects firsthand accounts of combat and brotherhood, of captivity and redemption, and the aftermath of a war that left no American community unscathed. Here are the stories that the magazine could not tell, from a vanishing generation speaking to America today. It is up to us to remember - for own sakes, as much as theirs.

©2015 Matthew A. Rozell (P)2017 Tantor

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Very powerful

Love it. It helped me appreciate even more the sacrifices of my father and his generation. They were the greatest generation of all-time.

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a need to read

yes verry well done ,best yet in this type of book ,Gr8888 fun and education

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Things we should remember

How tragic that we try to rewrite our history to suit or current needs. Men and women like these are the reason our country is strong.

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great stories

downloaded so I could listen on a road trip. I've read many ww2 books. But to hear the stories told from the soldiers is sobering. I will be downloading more of the books in this series for my next road trip.

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Excellent book!

This was amazing to listen to. I found myself seeing this war in their eyes. Learning in school only provided very little compared to what we can learn from those that have experienced it. I wish these men and women could live forever to tell their story.

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Cherished veterans stories.

I listened to this while driving. I am very glad I did. At the young age of 50, I had great uncles that saw action in WW2. This book does justice to all their memories of service.

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Awesome Read!

Really an enjoyable read that made me for the 1st time get a feel for what it was like to have fought in WWII. Now I must read volume 2

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Captivating

What an exquisite piece of collective literature?! My grandfather was in the Pacific Theatre and hearing these stories helped me to better understand perhaps a small piece of his lived experience.
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great source for firsthand accounts

this was a really good book. the short stories were great and were thrilling to listen to

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Powerful

I think the last line of the book is the gut punch and I also feel with every year that passes we forget a little bit more or care a little less about the sacrifice. We hardly teach history in our public schools.

The one change I would make to the book is having a different voice to tell the different stories. This is nothing against the narrators. They do a fine job. But with different voices the stories would be more easily separated and become more individualistic.