Thanks For The Memories

Love, Sex, and World War II

Jane Mersky Leder

The collective consciousness of World War II revolved around the virtues of bravery, sacrifice, and commitment. Members of the "Greatest Generation” toed political and social lines in hopes of winning the war. They fell into lockstep, not asking many questions and breaking few social and sexual mores.
Publication date:
June 2009
Publisher :
Potomac Books, Inc.
Language:
English
Format Available     Quantity Price
Paperback
ISBN : 9781597972772

Dimensions : 230 X 150 cm
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£11.50
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Overview
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The collective consciousness of World War II revolved around the virtues of bravery, sacrifice, and commitment. Members of the "Greatest Generation” toed political and social lines in hopes of winning the war. They fell into lockstep, not asking many questions and breaking few social and sexual mores. Or did they?

In fact, World War II, like all wars, was an era of sexual experimentation and a general loosening of morals. During this time of conflicting emotions and messages, of great sacrifice, and of discovery, some groups, especially women, experienced a relaxing of bonds that had kept them in check. Thanks for the Memories: Love, Sex, and World War II is the true story of how that generation responded to the fervor of war and how those passions changed their lives—and the relationships between the sexes—forever.

But this book is more than that. As Jane Mersky Leder writes,"Thanks for the Memories opens the hearts and memories of a generation that is dying, by one estimate, at the rate of more than 1,000 a day.” It not only exposes the Greatest Generation's sexual and romantic escapades, it underscores how those four war years revolutionized relationships (including those between gays) and helped set the stage for the second wave of the women's liberation movement. "Many who never thought their stories mattered,” Leder writes, "now feel the pull of limited time, and the importance of leaving an accurate account for their children and grandchildren of what it was like to be a young man or young woman during World War II. This is their collective story.”