A great book documenting the patriotic drive of an America long past. I really like the premise of the book, but it entertained too many tangents. Volunteers are in their sixties, seventies, eighties. The ladies arranged a ride to Omaha with the promise of another to Chicago. North Platte, Nebraska, is truly middle-of-nowhere. We're at war even if it doesn't feel like it. He seems to find it ironic, and perhaps a bit sad, that nothing like the North Platte Canteen would ever exist today.
The first night the volunteers provided these things to the soldiers was Christmas night, 1941--I can only imagine how surprised these soldiers must have been to be greeted, in the middle of nowhere, by women with fruit, coffee, and sandwiches! Very minimal damage to the cover including scuff marks, but no holes or tears. Bob Greene wrote an grand tale, extraordinary good! By subscribing, you get access to a huge library of multimedia content, which is updated daily. It's fun to read about random small towns that I've driven though in Nebraska. It is hard to remember the American society of those days, how little people had and how little they expected. You have to read it. They were using their ration stamps for us. I bought it on Kindle, read it, and then bought the hard cover book so I can loan it to people and get it back.
The account is largely based on memories recalled during personal interviews and by historical newspaper articles. He went back to North Platte itself. He is the bestselling author of The Best Life Diet, The Total Body Makeover, Get With the Program! The people were planning to meet the train with their own boys on it, but when that wasn't the case, they went ahead and provided the troupes with treats, coffee, and companionship. I have read all of Bob Greene's books, on subjects as diverse as Michael Jordan, his baby girl's first year, and a summer-long 25th reunion of three high school friends. I can't give this book to my mother to read, as she remembers too many American submariners who visited every time their subs came off patrol, and too many times when they didn't come back and the sub was reported lost.
The North Platte Canteen existed during the war specifically to serve t Three stars is not a bad review. It was also pretty impressive to hear about the long-lasting memories our servicemen kept of the kindness they found there. North Platte was a small miracle. He definitely gives it a lot of heart, just lacks in some areas of style. Did he pass through North Platte as a sailor and experience the Canteen? One young girl, now a much older woman watched the news about fighting overseas and worried about all the young men she had met.
In this poignant and heartwarming eyewitness history, based on interviews with North Platte residents and the soldiers who once passed through, Bob Greene tells a classic, lost-in-the-mists-of-time American story of a grateful country honoring its brave and dedicated sons. What a sight it must have been for the fellows when they got off the train and saw the tables piled high. Unless otherwise noted, materials Copyright Jo Davidsmeyer. He hitchhiked back across country, stopping to rest at North Platte. It was a haven for a never-ending stream of weary, homesick military personnel that provided them with the encouragement they needed to help them through the difficult times ahead. Award-winning journalist Bob Greene is the author of six New York Times bestsellers and a frequent contributor to the New York Times Op-Ed page. In our muddy situation in Iraq, it was a breath of fresh air to listen to a different generation talk about the genuine responsibility they felt to the world, because they could do something to stop Hitler, and the Japanese advance, and they felt it was their obligation to do it.
It was pretty impressive to read about so many towns around North Platte putting so much work into creating and maintaining the North Platte Canteen. Every day of the year, every day of the war, the Canteen—staffed and funded entirely by local volunteers—was open from five a. Greene, generous in his praise if rather disheartened by the modern world, against which he contrasts the past, turns in a remarkable account of the home front. Greene was born in 1947 and lives in Illinois with his wife, Susan, and their daughter Amanda, who provided the inspiration for his book Good Morning, Merry Sunshine: A Father's Journal of His Child's First Year 1984. Look at Operation Iraqi Children! During the Second World War, troop trains went through.
At least I know I don't need to bother with this author in the future. Greene was up to the task. Bob Greene is a newspaper reporter, and he has a very irritating style of writing. I wanted him to spend more time on the people and their recollections of the Canteen those parts of the book are the best , but he kept insinuating himself into the story. Eine gut vorbereitetete und strukturierte Verhandlung wird daher immer wichtiger, um die gesteckten Ziele zu erreichen. Some farm houses didn't even have electricity y Amazing! During a time when everyone was scrimping and saving and making do, the people of North Platte and the surrounding areas did whatever they could to provide the soldiers that were passing through their humble town with a homecooked meal, a few moments of entertainment, and a whole lot of kindness. In full disclosure I must admit that I am quite familiar with North Platte, although I do not live there.
And in a time with rationing and all together a lot less. Oddly, Greene never explains how he located all the former servicemen he interviewed. These people met all of the troop trains stopping in North Platte, Nebraska and fed thousands of soldiers, using their own food rations and money to feed all of the soldiers coming through their little town of 12,000 people. North Platte, Nebraska, is as isolated as a small town can be, a solitary outpost in the vast midwestern plains, hours from the state's urban centers of Omaha and Lincoln. I love the way the author brought us home to North Platte, Nebraska and into the hearts of the people who made this incredible story happen.
The book is written in a breezy Sunday supplement style, and social historians may desire a bit more objectivity. Es fasst das aktuell verfügbare Wissen und alle aktuellen Verhandlungsmethoden konzentriert zusammen: kooperative, kompetitive und manipulative. A simple gesture on Christmas Day 1941, grew into a major gift of love in the Union Pacific depot. Bob Greene did a fantastic job of researching for this book. New Yorkers pulled together after the attack despite their brash reputation. I originally picked up this book cheap as a gift for my mom at a used bookstore, and decided to give it a read through first. This was an easy read book all about North Platte Nebraska and what they did for the military men going off to World War 11.
During the war, this tiny town transformed its modest depot into a canteen for soldiers, sailors and airmen passing through on the trains. It was so inspirational and heartwarming to read about how this town gave so generously to mllions of service men heading to war; I loved how the entire town united together to accomplish such a great thing. The tiny town, wanting to offer the servicemen warmth and support, transformed its modest railroad depot into the North Platte Canteen. All were made welcome, made to feel special. A wonderful time, but in a way very sad. The town became a legend among servicemen overseas. Don't be mis-led by the brown-on-brown cover and the uninformative title.