The Home Front: Life in America During World War II

The Home Front Life in America During World War II hrs and mins Free for a limited time 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 suppo

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  • 8 hrs and 12 mins Free for a limited time 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 j 8 hrs and 12 mins Free for a limited time 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 the newest Audible Original series Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Audible Audio, Unabridged, 8 pages Published September 7th 2017 by Audible Original More Details ASIN B074P6DB68 Edition Language English Other Editions 1 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The Home Front, please sign up

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through World War II The things they talk about never made it into any history class I ever had, and I was a history major It was not John Wayne leading him troops into battle In reality, even though many famous people from Hollywood served in the military, the real John Wayne wanted nothing to do with the war I didn t want to stop listening If you are an Audible member this is free and I would very much recommend getting it I m not sure if it s available to nonmembers flag 49 likesLike see review View all 11 comments Sep 09, 2017 Lis Carey rated it it was amazing Shelves history, non fiction This is an Audible Original production there is no previous book It uses oral histories including contemporaneous materials to look at what life was like at home during World War II.Long ago when I was young, World War II was truly a living memory not only did we study it in school, but our parents had lived through it, often served in the war We knew about Pearl Harbor, and we knew about Hiroshima and Nagasaki Depending on where we lived, even if we were not Jewish we were likely to know p This is an Audible Original production there is no previous book It uses oral histories including contemporaneous materials to look at what life was like at home during World War II.Long ago when I was young, World War II was truly a living memory not only did we study it in school, but our parents had lived through it, often served in the war We knew about Pearl Harbor, and we knew about Hiroshima and Nagasaki Depending on where we lived, even if we were not Jewish we were likely to know people who had sadly truncated families because so many relatives had died in the death camps We knew the names of the major battles in Europe and in the Pacific.This isn t about that This is about what happened at home, in the US, something rarely covered in any meaningful way in our school classes, and apparently much less interesting for our parents and aunts and uncles to talk about.This is about rationing and paper drives and saving cooking oil It s about women being pressured both to enter the work force in ways they had never been allowed to before, and at the same time being pressured to be soft and beautiful and willing, for the soldiers going off to war It s about African Americans though Negro was still the preferred term at the time seeking both the right to fight for their country on equal footing with white Americans, and to be treated equally when they did serve It s about Japanese Americans being rounded up into camps as enemy aliens, and about young Japanese American men forming the most decorated combat unit of the war.It s about how disruptive all this was to social life in America, as people were suddenly working and living alongside races and ethnicities they d never had much or even any contact with before.It s told in the voices of the people who lived it Some were recorded for the still new and exciting radio, during the war Others were recorded after the war, even decades later, for a variety of oral history projects I think everyone will learn something from this I ve always been a history buff, and I thought I knew this history pretty well, but many details were new, and some things were completely new Antisemitism, the internment of Japanese Americans, the much less comprehensive round up of Italian Americans, the German American Bund I d encountered all of those.Mexican Americans and the zoot suit riots were completely new to me I d encountered the term zoot suit and the idea that it was associated with a relatively wild lifestyle, a forties version of the Beat Generation or the 1920s flappers In fact it wasn t that different, except for its timing in the war, meaning that people came in contact with it who could have sneered at it from a distance in other eras.The zoot suit was style of men s suit favored by, initially Mexican Americans, and it became associated with their perceived wild lifestyle They were in fact working hard in war factories like their contemporaries, but the war s movement of people to where war work was necessary, along with all ethnicities enlisting and mixing in the military meant that relatively straight laced, Protestant, midwestern whites came in contact with this Latin, Roman Catholic culture that was much expressive, looser, culture, oriented to dance, music, and colorful clothing as well as activities in their leisure time That contact, probably predictably, didn t go well There were riots I found it fascinating especially as my own Roman Catholic, half Sicilian background finds the zoot suit culture as described a lot normal than midwestern Protestants who thought dancing was sinful.There s also extended discussion of returning soldiers and the effects of what we now call PTSD, which was barely understood at the time.Some of this is pretty explicit, and it can be even startling because so much of it is in the voices of those who lived through it, speaking at the time on a radio program intended to send the views of ordinary Americans to President Roosevelt, for instance much of it is not filtered through later sensitivities Be prepared to hear how people really felt then, not just how they remembered it later.Highly recommended.This program was available for download free for a short time when I got it from Audible flag 9 likesLike see review Dec 02, 2017 Madeleine rated it really liked it I am both astonished and excited that this was, for a limited time, free from Audible Astonished, because hello this is Martin Sheen giving us an amazing insight into what it was like at home during WWII.I ve read a good number of books on WWII in my time, but listening to this series which is presented as a single audio piece, episodes broken into chapters made me realize just how few of the books I ve read or series I ve seen are actually dealing with what it was like for those who w I am both astonished and excited that this was, for a limited time, free from Audible Astonished, because hello this is Martin Sheen giving us an amazing insight into what it was like at home during WWII.I ve read a good number of books on WWII in my time, but listening to this series which is presented as a single audio piece, episodes broken into chapters made me realize just how few of the books I ve read or series I ve seen are actually dealing with what it was like for those who weren t off fighting in the European or Pacific theatres What was it like for the people at home Well, pretty interesting, actually In its different parts, the series covers a myriad of social topics and pieces of history that, I think, don t often get enough coverage, and it has no problem calling out a whole host of the societal issues that plagued 1940s America racism, anti semitism, sexism, et al , because it wouldn t be a proper series on the homefront if that weren t addressed.Sheen is a delightful narrator host guide and the audio taken both from the period and later interviews from various eye witnesses, historians, and scholars create a series that s both informative and entertaining to listen to flag 5 likesLike see review Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves audible, history flag 4 likesLike see review Sep 24, 2017 Elaine Mayes rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves audible sale, audible, world war ii, non fiction This Audible production is very, very good If you read about WW II you re probably familiar with most of the major events However, this production provided some live audio interviews with people on the home front courtesy of a variety of sources including the Studs Turkel audio library as well as returning military men and historians Educational and enjoyable Did you know about the war between zoot suited men and sailors Did you know about the accidental explosion of ordinance in Oaklan This Audible production is very, very good If you read about WW II you re probably familiar with most of the major events However, this production provided some live audio interviews with people on the home front courtesy of a variety of sources including the Studs Turkel audio library as well as returning military men and historians Educational and enjoyable Did you know about the war between zoot suited men and sailors Did you know about the accidental explosion of ordinance in Oakland in 1942 How about women in their own words who were changed by the war flag 2 likesLike see review Sep 28, 2017 Diana Long rated it it was amazing review of another edition This was an exclusive by Audible which I took advantage of Thoughtfully done and covered a variety of subjects and listening to actual voices from the people who were witnesses to this moment in time was remarkable I don t actually think this qualifies as a book since it is on the order of a documentary radio program Thank you Audible flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 10, 2017 Chrissie marked it as own unlistened Shelves 2 itunes library, audible, free, usa, ww2, history, disliked I started this and then soon stopped Nope, it s not for me Not a book really it is like a radio or TV show that skims the surface flag 2 likesLike see review Sep 11, 2017 Nissa rated it it was amazing Shelves 20th century, ww2, war, adult nonfiction, american nonfiction, historical nonfiction, literary nonfiction, non fiction, stand alone novel, novel This was fascinating look at what was happening in the US during WWII It shows how things were at the start of WWII and the struggles that people had to face It delved into things like race and what it was like for the African Americans fighting in the war The oppression of the Japanese minorities on the West coast and the immigration of the European Jews We also see what it was like for the women at home and at war The sad part of all this was when all the service men came home after fight This was fascinating look at what was happening in the US during WWII It shows how things were at the start of WWII and the struggles that people had to face It delved into things like race and what it was like for the African Americans fighting in the war The oppression of the Japanese minorities on the West coast and the immigration of the European Jews We also see what it was like for the women at home and at war The sad part of all this was when all the service men came home after fighting for years and struggling to fit back into a civilian routine I would definitely recommend this audiobook for those interested in this period of history flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 06, 2017 Becky rated it it was amazing Very seldom do I write reviews on books I figure if someone wants to read a book they will, nothing I say or don t say is going to change their mind about it In this case however, I have to say this is a series for all Americans to hear This Audible book was so informative, very moving, surprising, and helped me learn things about WWII that I had never known before Any American who is interested in history or the people of our country, the economy, our way of life today, needs to know that m Very seldom do I write reviews on books I figure if someone wants to read a book they will, nothing I say or don t say is going to change their mind about it In this case however, I have to say this is a series for all Americans to hear This Audible book was so informative, very moving, surprising, and helped me learn things about WWII that I had never known before Any American who is interested in history or the people of our country, the economy, our way of life today, needs to know that many of these things were shaped by World War II and its after effects Do yourself a favor and listen to the series You will not be disappointed Having Martin Sheen as the narrator is just icing on the cake flag 2 likesLike see review Oct 09, 2017 MGMaudlin rated it it was amazing Shelves 2017 THE HOME FRONT is a very well done and free audio documentary from Audible narrated by Martin Sheen with a variety of archival voices of Americans commenting on their experiences state side during World War II, along with commentary from some modern day experts Since I am discouraged by our contemporary cultural situation, I thought I would get some needed encouragement from tales of our Greatest Generation I was in for a surprise If anything, I learned that our contemporary travails are no THE HOME FRONT is a very well done and free audio documentary from Audible narrated by Martin Sheen with a variety of archival voices of Americans commenting on their experiences state side during World War II, along with commentary from some modern day experts Since I am discouraged by our contemporary cultural situation, I thought I would get some needed encouragement from tales of our Greatest Generation I was in for a surprise If anything, I learned that our contemporary travails are nothing new The war provoked unprecedented social change which Americans did not respond well to Here are some highlights from the show 1 Fake news in WWI not only did Britain engage in fake news of the atrocities of the barbaric Huns, but the US continued it after we entered the war in order to rally Americans to support the war, which led to people being a little suspicious when first hearing stories of Nazi atrocities against the Jews though Antisemitism played a role in denying the stories as well 2 Gender wars Women entering the workplace could only be sold as a temporary measure and an economic necessity, with official propaganda encouraging women to go back home when their men return home advertisements sold women hand lotion and skin cream to keep them attractive despite factory work so that they were still appealing later the military hired prostitutes to keep the men at camps satisfied, scheduling as many as 100 3 5 minutes slots per day for one prostitute the military also portrayed VD as coming from a feminine source and emphasized that it came from choosing dirty women 3 White supremacy The Japanese Americans could be interred but not the German Americans or Italian Americans because, it was said, it was not economically viable for the latter two groups with the exception of Hawaii, which did not inter Japanese Americans for the same reason FDR was not troubled by the rights angle whatsoever African American officers were not allowed access to white officers clubs in one camp while German officer POW s were black soldiers returning to the South were often targeted by white mobs and many lynched many black soldiers saw the irony of fighting fascism in the name of freedom and democracy most black soldiers held menial service positions and were only allowed full access to combat positions and promotion when the pressure was on the military for man power Don t get me wrong the documentary does not paint a wholly negative picture but these were the points that surprised me most as I listened to this well done survey We also get many other stories, such as the violent economic shift required to suddenly produce munitions, the rationing of key products, the tremendous social change as people moved to take new manufacturing jobs, the cozy relationship between the government and the news and entertainment media, and much The eye opening function is a tribute to the excellent job the documentary did in representing the full spectrum of Americans They also revealed how economic and military necessity has played a huge role in our social progress, in that it seems obvious that the racial and gender turmoil of the sixties was birthed in the forties For all these reasons I highly recommend this audiobook flag 2 likesLike see review Apr 15, 2018 Tom Schulte rated it really liked it This is a collection of podcasts The audio is a fascinating glimpse into WW II life stateside, largely around women coming into their own jobs and pants This is largely presented in oral history from interviews with people that staffed aircraft factories and the women that flew them stateside only when they were not being sabotaged and killed in the attempt Another part of this era I did not know of was WW I atrocity propaganda that was recalled then and made it difficult to believe stories This is a collection of podcasts The audio is a fascinating glimpse into WW II life stateside, largely around women coming into their own jobs and pants This is largely presented in oral history from interviews with people that staffed aircraft factories and the women that flew them stateside only when they were not being sabotaged and killed in the attempt Another part of this era I did not know of was WW I atrocity propaganda that was recalled then and made it difficult to believe stories of the Nazi holocaust and other terrors There is also exploration of racial unrest at the time including an exploration of the zoot suit riots flag 1 likeLike see review Sep 09, 2017 April rated it it was amazing Shelves x2017, x2017 audible, non fiction, audible original Thank yo Audile, for an inside look at WWII I listened intently to hear things that impacted my parents and their families and eventually me.The narration was well done The historical recordings really brought this to life I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review flag 1 likeLike see review Apr 03, 2018 Jenn rated it it was amazing review of another edition I loved this audible listen I loved hearing the actual voices of the people that were interviewed at the time of WW2 and I learned a lot about America before, during and immediately following the war It did take me a long time to listen to it but that was because I couldn t drive for 4 weeks and that is when I listen to my audible books Highly recommend it flag 1 likeLike see review Sep 24, 2017 BDT rated it did not like it I wanted to like this the production value is fantastic It tries to mimic a similar style to Studs Terkel s works, but is a poor substitute Sweeping and normative statements throughout, without clearly offering a view of how the course of WW2 affected the actions of Americans at home Also, could have benefited from 1st hand accounts kicking analysis over to retired professors and social commentators of today is academically lazy flag 1 likeLike see review Sep 20, 2017 Kelly rated it it was amazing I feel a little strange counting this as a book because while it was from Audible, it really was in of a podcast format with episodes But, I definitely recommend it It s so well done, and a fascinating oral history of America during WWII It is free on Audible through mid November 2017 flag 1 likeLike see review Oct 02, 2017 Thomas rated it it was amazing Shelves history I do not, as a rule, write reviews I figure they say about the writer than the author, so to speak HoweverThis was a fantastic work The care that went in the production, the performance of Mr Sheen, the clarity of the writing, all contributed to make this a truly enjoyable work The book flowed like a page turner novel and yet I found myself re examining things I knew about the war and learning new ones in every episode I enjoyed it immensely.To all those involved in the concept, I do not, as a rule, write reviews I figure they say about the writer than the author, so to speak HoweverThis was a fantastic work The care that went in the production, the performance of Mr Sheen, the clarity of the writing, all contributed to make this a truly enjoyable work The book flowed like a page turner novel and yet I found myself re examining things I knew about the war and learning new ones in every episode I enjoyed it immensely.To all those involved in the concept, writing, production, and performance You did a truly outstanding job Well done flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 21, 2017 Dennis Murphy rated it liked it Shelves on america, on war The Home Front Life in America During World War II is an audio production from Audible I was initially impressed by its presentation and its unique approach to story telling, but the I listened to it, the disappointed I became There is something inherently dishonest about it, in both a selection bias and in stripping away context It is an enterprise of deconstruction, removing many positive myths we may have about the fundamental goodness of the United States, and will leave in dou The Home Front Life in America During World War II is an audio production from Audible I was initially impressed by its presentation and its unique approach to story telling, but the I listened to it, the disappointed I became There is something inherently dishonest about it, in both a selection bias and in stripping away context It is an enterprise of deconstruction, removing many positive myths we may have about the fundamental goodness of the United States, and will leave in doubt the idea that the American Way of Life was worth defending in the second world war Indeed, that is the point they want to make This wasn t a good war, we weren t the good guys, and our mythmaking has made us forget this.I m just disappointed with it Its a good book, there s nothing overtly false portrayed in it, but I wanted it to be The first few chapters were good, but the I listened to it, the it came across as someone s pet project to act as an instrument of deconstruction with a political end It gets better from the nuclear lecture onward, but it lost my good will The result of which is that something with the potential to be unique and interesting became common and frustrating At the end of the book, Martin Sheen makes it clear that the project is for the voices that often get forgotten something only made apparent in the last five minutes of an entire work shift s recording time.76 100 C flag 1 likeLike see review Sep 27, 2017 Carl Palmateer rated it really liked it review of another edition Generally I enjoyed it as it touched on areas often overlooked giving fresh perspective on a historical era many think played out It was interesting to see that there is not much new under the sun Media bias and manipulation, fake news, corporate bank distrust, conspiracy theories, broken political processes, etc are all there in the Greatest Generation and The Good War Most of my issues are with the performance noted below The content did suffer from two, similar flaws, hindsightitis Generally I enjoyed it as it touched on areas often overlooked giving fresh perspective on a historical era many think played out It was interesting to see that there is not much new under the sun Media bias and manipulation, fake news, corporate bank distrust, conspiracy theories, broken political processes, etc are all there in the Greatest Generation and The Good War Most of my issues are with the performance noted below The content did suffer from two, similar flaws, hindsightitis and looking at yesterday as though it is today When I read history I want to delve into the time and its people To see and think and feel as they did, not to judge them by whatever the standards are today.For the performance This was originally a serial and they just strung it together Intro, what s next and credits at the beginning and end of each chapter Only a handful of current academics were used but every time they had to be introduced by Title, Name, Position, Book s written It could have been shortened by a quarter just dropping the repetition, thank you fast forward The production quality otherwise was excellent Sometimes the audio clips from the 30 s and 40 s was a little difficult to hear I listened in a car but you could generally get it flag 1 likeLike see review Oct 30, 2017 Biblio Files takingadayoff rated it really liked it This is the first Audible Original I have listened to and it was very impressive It was like watching a PBS documentary without the video The history was in depth than I expected, with aspects of the home front than you usually get in a packaged history This one covered the topics you d expect such as the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, Executive Order 9066, the expanded role of women in the work force But it also addressed the violent racism against African Americans and Hispanics, the This is the first Audible Original I have listened to and it was very impressive It was like watching a PBS documentary without the video The history was in depth than I expected, with aspects of the home front than you usually get in a packaged history This one covered the topics you d expect such as the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, Executive Order 9066, the expanded role of women in the work force But it also addressed the violent racism against African Americans and Hispanics, the employment of prostitutes by the U.S Army, the social pressure on young women to marry their boyfriends before they were deployed, the political decisions to refuse to admit Jewish refugees followed by actions that saved other Jewish refugees Throughout, there are interviews with scholars and with people who experienced the events flag 1 likeLike see review Oct 15, 2017 Sorento62 rated it really liked it Recommends it for people interested in the neglected details of U.S history Shelves war, violence, history united states This is an Audible original production of multiple episodes, narrated by Martin Sheen, with a lot of original audio recordings from the time of WWII, and commentary by modern historians It illuminates how much of our U.S culture and government was formed by the country s participation and victory in the war Lots about minorities and women, plus the military industrial complex flag 1 likeLike see review Feb 27, 2018 Maur cio Linhares rated it it was amazing review of another edition As much as the US fought out of its territory during WW2, they had to also fight inside to keep the country and the population believing in it People were not happy with the results of WW1, they felt it wasn t worth much, the government had lied to them about what the Germans were doing in Europe and there was no support to veterans, that caused even trouble at home when they came back.Right after the Great Depression, the population feared immigration and the outside world, many politicia As much as the US fought out of its territory during WW2, they had to also fight inside to keep the country and the population believing in it People were not happy with the results of WW1, they felt it wasn t worth much, the government had lied to them about what the Germans were doing in Europe and there was no support to veterans, that caused even trouble at home when they came back.Right after the Great Depression, the population feared immigration and the outside world, many politicians and priests like Charles Coughlin were spreading a message of hatred of others, specially Jews and that the US should not involve itself in another war, specially if it was to save Jews Once Pearl Harbor happened, the government finally got the support it needed to start the war.On one side, the government couldn t just continue to segregate the population from the other major groups Latinos and blacks , because they needed as much manpower as needed, leading to take them into the army Latinos were treated as if they were whites, fighting alongside other whites but blacks were still kept in segregated platoons and barracks While not ideal, this at least provided the opportunity for the black community to also become officers, with even an Air force training base only for black people.The American Japanese, thought, didn t have the same luck Being a much smaller group, they were sent to concentration camps because the government said they were too dangerous as they could be spies or saboteurs There many died of illnesses and maltreatment, but were widely disregarded, again, because there weren t many of them and there also weren t many in positions of power to make a difference American Italians, also from a country that was on the Axis side, didn t suffer this because they had many powerful members of the group at top government or business positions.While this was changing in the army, the population didn t catch up as fast, the years of war also saw some of the most violence against non whites, mainly latinos, asians and blacks, with the most infamous one being the Zoot Suit Riots White american servicemen thought that the zoot suit wearing men were being disrespectful to the country because the suit used too much fabric and also made them much attractive than the average sailor, so they decided to use violence to attack those wearing the suit, causing riots in Los Angeles and many other cities.The stories of racial violence, segregation, antisemitism and political deals that were needed to get and keep the US during the war are, just like the other problems and atrocities during WW2, something we should not forget, specially in times like these where we re living right now On a side note, while many might say Roosevelt didn t do enough, given the problems and the state of the country, he most likely did as much as he could, with Republicans and southern Democrats complicating every single move and being completely against accepting refugees rings a bell , he, unfortunately, could not do to save lives other than just winning the war The book is also full of recordings of people that were there, living those days, which makes it even interesting It s a must listen flag Like see review Sep 29, 2017 Lucia Bradley rated it it was amazing Shelves audiobook, historical, history non fiction, things you should know support I was pleasantly surprised by this book I should clarify, it isn t really a book, like a documentary in an audiobook format, or a radio serial from the 1940s I don t think they even have a text copy of this.It takes a view on the American home front before and during World War II It goes over the issues that the American civilians went through from the growing issues in Europe, through the war itself It utilizes Martin Sheen as a narrator of the situation, but you get to hear the actual I was pleasantly surprised by this book I should clarify, it isn t really a book, like a documentary in an audiobook format, or a radio serial from the 1940s I don t think they even have a text copy of this.It takes a view on the American home front before and during World War II It goes over the issues that the American civilians went through from the growing issues in Europe, through the war itself It utilizes Martin Sheen as a narrator of the situation, but you get to hear the actual radio broadcasts from the government and civilians.You get a view on the civilians themselves and it is rather eye opening I always knew things weren t so patriotic on the home front or even in the military While there are a lot of great things we talk about that generation, there were also major problems as well, and you hear it from the people s own voices.FDR had a thing where people would broadcast questions or opinions to him on the radio and he would sometimes respond but usually not, too many people There are a lot of people professing what we attribute to the greatest generation, a lot of caring people who were going to do what they needed to do I wasn t surprised at the negative people though I knew that there were a lot of racists people, a lot of antisemitic people, and it was a bit discouraging to hear them talk They sounded a lot like the alt right in current days.I think the most surprising thing was hearing how the people drafted in World War II were very reluctant to go It sounded like most were going to go anyways, but there wasn t nearly the wave of volunteers that our mythic popular culture says This isn t a bad thing, and it actually reassures me that we aren t much different.I definitely enjoyed this book I recommend others to listen flag Like see review Sep 29, 2017 Barbara rated it liked it Shelves audio, history This book is an overview of civilian life in the United States during WWII, read aloud by Martin Sheen His voice is the best part of this Audible production.I ve read much history from this period, but this is the first dedicated to civilians The description of American life emerging from the Great Depression into the frenzied efforts of a wartime economy contains actual recordings of those who lived through that period The descriptive text lacks much in the way of emotion, but the voices of This book is an overview of civilian life in the United States during WWII, read aloud by Martin Sheen His voice is the best part of this Audible production.I ve read much history from this period, but this is the first dedicated to civilians The description of American life emerging from the Great Depression into the frenzied efforts of a wartime economy contains actual recordings of those who lived through that period The descriptive text lacks much in the way of emotion, but the voices of those recordings carry strong reactions, the feeling so deep that it is evident years later.WWII changed much of our lives in America Women in the workforce and efforts t ward civil rights for all began and grew during the war As a baby boomer, I lived through many of the results from WWII without realizing how those things had come into being.I found this enjoyable, but it was obviously a transcript of a radio or television performance A simple improvement would be to have chapters nstead of ep sodes, episodes with repetitions of each episode s credits flag Like see review Sep 24, 2017 Crystal Gagne rated it it was amazing Shelves listened to audiobook I Listened to this for Free from Audible What a great production I was thoroughly engrossed while listening to this while doing chores, picking my kids up from school and before bed The Greatest Generation deserves to be called the greatest, not only the men and women who fought but also the men and women who worked in the war factories and held it down at home Many factory workers lost there lives from accidents or exposure to harmful toxins I have the utmost respect for them ALL WW2 was I Listened to this for Free from Audible What a great production I was thoroughly engrossed while listening to this while doing chores, picking my kids up from school and before bed The Greatest Generation deserves to be called the greatest, not only the men and women who fought but also the men and women who worked in the war factories and held it down at home Many factory workers lost there lives from accidents or exposure to harmful toxins I have the utmost respect for them ALL WW2 was an era of uncertainty and everyone chipped in I learned some facts I didn t know while listening to the Home Front Martin Sheen narration is on point and I enjoyed hearing contemporary interviews and recordings from the times The production has the flare of a really good documentary for the ears I highly recommend this FREE for Audible and Prime members via Channels listen to Americans of all ages I will most likely re listen to The HomeFront it s really entertaining and educational at some points sad flag Like see review Jul 18, 2018 Erik rated it really liked it This audiobook is presented as an episodic audio documentary I was very engaged by the history and the presentation method The whole thing is full of audio quotes from many kinds of people world leaders, experts, and regular citizens all illustrating aspects of life at home in the United States during the war I enjoyed reading the perspective given in the book There is a focus on groups of people who were not treated well, or were not treated the way we expect people to be treated toda This audiobook is presented as an episodic audio documentary I was very engaged by the history and the presentation method The whole thing is full of audio quotes from many kinds of people world leaders, experts, and regular citizens all illustrating aspects of life at home in the United States during the war I enjoyed reading the perspective given in the book There is a focus on groups of people who were not treated well, or were not treated the way we expect people to be treated today Japanese Americans, Women, African Americans, Latinos Perhaps the title could have been changed slightly to indicate that there is a focus on downtrodden groups rather than the given title which implies that it covers life in America broadly But this is a quibble These are important stories, well told, and they gave me a better overall perspective of the war than I previously had flag Like see review Oct 20, 2017 Nancy rated it it was amazing review of another edition Outstanding I thought I knew a fair amount about the WWII era in the United States, but I learned and understood much after listening to this audiobook It features archived recordings of people who actually lived the history, people from all levels of the society Their voices were authentic and moving.This was definitely a worthwhile use of my time and has given me much to think about in terms of what I see happening now, than 70 years later We need to know our history, and hearin Outstanding I thought I knew a fair amount about the WWII era in the United States, but I learned and understood much after listening to this audiobook It features archived recordings of people who actually lived the history, people from all levels of the society Their voices were authentic and moving.This was definitely a worthwhile use of my time and has given me much to think about in terms of what I see happening now, than 70 years later We need to know our history, and hearing these voices from the past brought it alive for me It has even helped me better understand my parents and their sometimes previously unfathomable perspectives.Thank you, Audible, for this excellent production, and for making it available to your members at no cost You really are a great company for this and many other reasons flag Like see review Feb 25, 2018 Nancy rated it liked it review of another edition There was a lot that was enjoyable about this audiobook The interviews from the past provided a sharp picture of what life was like in America during WWII, and the sacrifices that were required of a nation unprepared for war.But woven throughout the story was what I felt a heavy hand guided by today s views and today s instant access to information In every scenario it seems the intent was to judge our culture, policies and actions of 80 years ago by today s liberal standards And althou There was a lot that was enjoyable about this audiobook The interviews from the past provided a sharp picture of what life was like in America during WWII, and the sacrifices that were required of a nation unprepared for war.But woven throughout the story was what I felt a heavy hand guided by today s views and today s instant access to information In every scenario it seems the intent was to judge our culture, policies and actions of 80 years ago by today s liberal standards And although the credits attribute fact checking, to me it stretches credibility to aver that the military routinely coerced prostitutes to have sex with up to 100 different servicemen daily To get a even handed insight into WWII and its social ramifications, visit the World War II Museum in New Orleans It shares the bad and the ugly, but doesn t douse cold water on the good flag Like see review Sep 09, 2017 Zachary rated it it was amazing I prided myself in thinking I knew a lot about WW2 I knew there was a lot to learn, but this book gives you the human factor You can actually hear the voices from the past, the fact checkers did a a wonderful job and Martin Sheen was great as the narrator I think what I really liked was that the book was mainly composed of people s voices from the past and hearing the experiences they had from their own mouths EACH CHAPTER HAD AT LEAST ONE SURPRISE THAT I DIDN T KNOW ABOUT I LISTENED T I prided myself in thinking I knew a lot about WW2 I knew there was a lot to learn, but this book gives you the human factor You can actually hear the voices from the past, the fact checkers did a a wonderful job and Martin Sheen was great as the narrator I think what I really liked was that the book was mainly composed of people s voices from the past and hearing the experiences they had from their own mouths EACH CHAPTER HAD AT LEAST ONE SURPRISE THAT I DIDN T KNOW ABOUT I LISTENED TO THIS TWICE TODAY, DOES THAT GIVE YOU AN IDEA OF WHAT I THINK THE HOME FRONT, is the perfect title for this book It mainly deals with what was going on over here, and the sacrifices our parents had to make back home flag Like see review Nov 12, 2017 Grace rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves podcasts, american history, audiobooks, non fiction, read in 2017, world war i, world war ii Audible Productions The Home Front Life in America During World War II, is a brief snapshot of America in the years leading up to and during World War II Instead of the sanitized version rushed through in high school American history classes, the podcast uses the limited timeframe of each episode to tackle a topic American life in the Great Depression, women s roles in the war effort, African Americans roles in the war effort, the internment of thousands of Japanese Americans, etc Utili Audible Productions The Home Front Life in America During World War II, is a brief snapshot of America in the years leading up to and during World War II Instead of the sanitized version rushed through in high school American history classes, the podcast uses the limited timeframe of each episode to tackle a topic American life in the Great Depression, women s roles in the war effort, African Americans roles in the war effort, the internment of thousands of Japanese Americans, etc Utilizing archival audio recordings, narrator Martin Sheen and a whos who of American and World War II history scholars to give an in depth look at what life was really like Informative and entertaining, my only complaint is that there aren t episodes flag Like see review Sep 30, 2017 Linda rated it really liked it review of another edition US history is, like most topics, is much complex than we may realize What happened at home was never discussed in my history classes except for the briefest mention of rationing, WACs and Rosie the Rivetor This audio book takes a closer look at what was happening here while our soldiers were fighting I was particularly interested in the descriptions of the aftermath and its affects on our socienty The Home Front reminds listeners that men fought in integrated foxholes but came home to s US history is, like most topics, is much complex than we may realize What happened at home was never discussed in my history classes except for the briefest mention of rationing, WACs and Rosie the Rivetor This audio book takes a closer look at what was happening here while our soldiers were fighting I was particularly interested in the descriptions of the aftermath and its affects on our socienty The Home Front reminds listeners that men fought in integrated foxholes but came home to segregated housing, that politicians lied, and that WWII changed us forever Much of what the Baby Boomers think and do is influenced by decisions made during the war years It would serve us well to look back and understand why we are who we are flag Like see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed

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    1. It is still hard for me to believe that this audiobook was free This was narrated by Martin Sheen, a fantastic actor It took me deep behind the scenes of World War II and it contains actual recordings of real people who lived through World War II The things they talk about never made it into any history class I ever had, and I was a history major It was not John Wayne leading him troops into battle In reality, even though many famous people from Hollywood served in the military, the real Jo It i [...]

    2. This is an Audible Original production there is no previous book It uses oral histories including contemporaneous materials to look at what life was like at home during World War II.Long ago when I was young, World War II was truly a living memory not only did we study it in school, but our parents had lived through it, often served in the war We knew about Pearl Harbor, and we knew about Hiroshima and Nagasaki Depending on where we lived, even if we were not Jewish we were likely to know p This [...]

    3. I am both astonished and excited that this was, for a limited time, free from Audible Astonished, because hello this is Martin Sheen giving us an amazing insight into what it was like at home during WWII.I ve read a good number of books on WWII in my time, but listening to this series which is presented as a single audio piece, episodes broken into chapters made me realize just how few of the books I ve read or series I ve seen are actually dealing with what it was like for those who w I am both [...]

    4. This Audible production is very, very good If you read about WW II you re probably familiar with most of the major events However, this production provided some live audio interviews with people on the home front courtesy of a variety of sources including the Studs Turkel audio library as well as returning military men and historians Educational and enjoyable Did you know about the war between zoot suited men and sailors Did you know about the accidental explosion of ordinance in Oaklan This Aud [...]

    5. This was an exclusive by Audible which I took advantage of Thoughtfully done and covered a variety of subjects and listening to actual voices from the people who were witnesses to this moment in time was remarkable I don t actually think this qualifies as a book since it is on the order of a documentary radio program Thank you Audible.

    6. I started this and then soon stopped Nope, it s not for me Not a book really it is like a radio or TV show that skims the surface.

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