• The Things Our Fathers Saw, Vol. 2: The War In The Air: From the Depression to Combat - The Untold Stories of the World War II Generation from Hometown, USA

  • By: Matthew A. Rozell
  • Narrated by: Jon Eric Preston
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (148 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

“Dying for freedom isn’t the worst that could happen. Being forgotten is.”  

The long-awaited sequel in the best-selling The Things Our Fathers Saw series...

At the height of World War II, LOOK Magazine profiled a small upstate New York community for a series of articles portraying it as the wholesome, patriotic model of life on the home front. Seventy years later, a history teacher tracks down the veterans with a connection to “Hometown, USA” who fought the war in the air over Europe, men who were tempered in the tough times of the Great Depression and forged in battle. He rescues and 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.

Matthew Rozell is an award-winning history teacher, author, blogger, and speaker. He has been featured as the ABC World News ‘Person of the Week’ and has had his work filmed for CBS News, NBC Learn, the Israeli Broadcast Authority, the New York State United Teachers, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

©2017 Matthew Rozell (P)2018 Matthew Rozell

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Best Non-Fiction since Unbroken.

This series is fantastic. I thought I’d read it all about WW11, but there is so much day to day info, personal narratives and personal connections.... war buffs will learn something. Certainly they will be moved and inspired. But even teenagers and those without a lot of WW11 background will enjoy this. You don’t need maps and timelines and total comprehension of the big picture.

I can’t recommend this series highly enough.

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Only family is more important than history!

The authors subject in this book is so critical for today since history seldom leaves it's lessons in the minds of the next generation to learn from those who lived said history!

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GREAT!!!

Just like book 1, book 2 is a great read/listen. I am looking forward to the next book

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Fantastic

For those of us trying to understand our father’s (or grandfather’s) war, the books are invaluable. I’ve been listening rather than reading, so miss the pictures, but the first hand accounts of what the people went through are both moving & chilling.

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Great series, great book.

Great series. I really enjoyed the perspectives of the veterans. Buy the whole series. Narrator was good as well.

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Amazing stories.

I can’t imagine kids today doing anything like these men and women. Unbelievable stories and bravery. So thankful for them all.

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Most of these stories are recycled from other books. The story lines aren't clear or aren't on topic.

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Great historical book

great book. enjoy hearing their history in their words from their perspective and experiences

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One of the best series

This series is the best of the best. The range of stories never ceases to amaze. It’s easy to imagine that everyone had similar experiences while working in similar fields. This is definitely not true. There’s nothing like hearing personal stories to make it all come to life. Thank you Matthew Rozell for this series!!

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A Tremendously Good book

This is an amazing series. I have know WWII vets and through the ignorance of youth never talked to them much. This book does such a service to document stories of these men. The men, the stories and these books about containing these men's stories are a National Treasure.