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The Good War: An Oral History of World War Two
Studs Terkel


The Good War is a testament not only to the experience of war but to the extraordinary skill of Studs Terkel as an interviewer and oral historian. From a pipe-fitter’s apprentice at Pearl Harbor to a crew member of the flight that dropped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki, his subjects are open and unrelenting in their analyses of themselves and their experiences, producing what People magazine has called “a splendid epic history” of World War Two. With this volume Terkel expanded his scope to the global and the historical, and the result is a masterpiece of oral history, for which Terkel was awarded a Pulitzer Prize.

Paperback, 608pp
New Press, 2004 (1984)
ISBN 9781565843431


STUDS TURKEL (1912-2008) was an award-winning author and radio broadcaster. He is the author of Race: How Blacks and Whites Think and Feel About the American ObsessionDivision Street: AmericaComing of Age: Growing Up in the Twentieth CenturyTalking to Myself: A Memoir of My TimesThe Good War: An Oral History of World War IIWorking: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They DoThe Studs Terkel Reader: My American CenturyAmerican Dreams: Lost and FoundThe Studs Terkel Interviews: Film and TheaterHard Times: An Oral History of the Great DepressionWill the Circle Be Unbroken?: Reflections on Death, Rebirth, and Hunger for a FaithGiants of JazzHope Dies Last: Keeping the Faith in Troubled TimesAnd They All Sang: Adventures of an Eclectic Disc JockeyTouch and Go: A MemoirP.S.: Further Thoughts from a Lifetime of Listening; and Studs Terkel’s Chicago, all published by The New Press. He was a member of the Academy of Arts and Letters and a recipient of a Presidential National Humanities Medal, the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, a George Polk Career Award, and the National Book Critics Circle 2003 Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award.