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Muntz Library Features Book Display Honoring Memorial Day 2010

Poster created by the Federal Art Project, New York, 1936 or 1937. From the WPA Collection, Library of Congress. In 1971, Congress declared Memorial Day a national holiday to be celebrated the last Monday in May.

The UT Tyler Robert R. Muntz Library has placed a book and photo display in the library's third floor in observance of Memorial Day. The display will be available throughout the end of May and the first half of the June. We hope patrons will visit and have a look. All books in the display case are available to be checked out. To check out a book from the display case, simply stop by the Circulation Desk and request the item. If you search the library catalog, and one of the books in the display is listed as "checked out," that means it is checked out to the display. You can go to Circulation and request it. This is the list of books currently on display. All books are usually located in the General Collection (third floor) unless otherwise noted:
  • Ambrose, Stephen E., Americans at War. E181 .A34 1998. The popular historian brings together a collection of essays that consider the American way of war. Read the book that The Indianapolis Star called "compelling" and The Houston Chronicle labeled as "Fascinating...insightful."
  • Anderson, Donald, ed., When War Becomes Personal: Soldiers' Accounts from the Civil War to Iraq. E181 .W565 2008. "Donald Anderson, a former U.S. Air Force officer, has compiled a haunting anthology of personal essays and short memoirs that span more than 100 years of warfare. . . ." These essays "tell the enduring truths of battle, stripping away much of the romance, myth, and fantasy. Soldiers more than anyone know what they are capable of destroying; when they write about war, they are trying to preserve the world" (from the publisher description).
  • Balkoski, Joseph, Beyond the Beachhead: The 29th Infantry Division in Normandy. D756.5 .N6 B34 1999. Read the book that historian Stephen Ambrose called "magnificent." From the publisher's description, "by 1945, the US Army had sixty-eight infantry divisions, forty-two of which fought in the great campaign in north-west Europe that began with the amphibious landings on D-Day and ended eleven months later with Germany's surrender. This book examines the experience of one infantry division - the 29th - during forty-five days of combat from Omaha Beach on D-Day to the liberation at St Lo. Using interviews, official records and unit histories and supplementing his narrative with meticulously detailed maps, Balkoski follows the 29th from the bloody landings at Omaha through the hedgerows of Normandy, illustrating the brutal realities of life on the front line."
  • Bergerud, Eric M., Fire in the Sky: the Air War in the South Pacific. D785 .B45 2001. This is an account of one of the largest aerial combat campaigns in history where "in the first two years of the Pacific War of World War II, air forces from Japan, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand engaged in a ruthless struggle for superiority in the skies over the Solomon Islands and New Guinea. Despite operating under primitive conditions in a largely unknown and malignant physical environment, both sides employed the most sophisticated technology available at the time in a strategically crucial war of aerial attrition" (from publisher's description).
  • Bergerud, Eric M., Red Thunder, Tropic Lightning: the World of a Combat Division in Vietnam. DS558 .B463 1994. Library Journal reviewed this book and wrote that the book examines "the war through the eyes of the officers and men of the 25th Infantry Division, nicknamed 'Tropic Lightning.' The 25th soldiered on in Vietnam from 1966 to 1971 and was the unit in which the director Oliver Stone served. Some 5000 of the names on the Wall, the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C., are from the 25th."
  • Bunting, Eve. The Wall. B9425WA (CML-Easy Fiction). This is a story of children and their parents, an account of a young boy visiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Wall, with his father to look for his grandfather's name. School Library Journal called it "a sensitive and moving picture book, and a great discussion book as well."
  • Buckley, Gail Lumet, American Patriots: the Story of Blacks in the Military from the Revolution to Desert Storm. E185.63 .B93 2002. School Library Journal called this book "a deeply moving and inspiring account of the history of African Americans in the U.S. military and their unrecognized heroism in the face of overt racism."
  • Downs, Jr., Frederick, The Killing Zone: My Life in the Vietnam War. DS559.5 .D69 2007. Read the book that Army Times called "the best damned book from the point of view of the infantrymen who fought there."
  • Eisner, Peter, The Freedom Line: the Brave Men and Women Who Rescued Allied Airmen from the Nazis During World War II. D802.F8 E48 2005. Read the riveting true story of "The Comet Line," the underground resistance that helped downed Allied airmen elude the Nazis and make their way out of enemy territory. Publishers Weekly called it a "taut account of trust and bravery among civilians and military men."
  • Henderson, Kristin, While They're at War: the True Story of American Families on the Homefront. DS79.76 .H46 2006 (Bestseller Collection). Vanessa Bush, writing for Booklist, says, "an all-volunteer military now means that most Americans don't personally know someone serving in Iraq or Afghanistan or elsewhere, which means we also don't know much about the toll on their families." Publishers Weekly called it "an emotional book that effectively plies the complexities of military life."
  • Lopes, Sal, The Wall: Images and Offerings from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. F203.4.V54 W35 1987 (General Collection-Oversize). This is the big book that we are displaying open. Each week during the month, we will turn a page to highlight a different photograph in the book. This book "includes photographs by freelance photographer Lopes and 16 other photojournalists, and excerpts of letters placed at the wailing wall by families, friends and war buddies of the dead and missing whose names are engraved there" (from Publishers Weekly). It is hard to look through this book and not be moved by photos such as the one of a child is lifted by a veteran to plant a kiss on a name.
  • Olson, Lynne and Stanley Cloud, A Question of Honor: the Kosciuszko Squadron: Forgotten Heroes of World War II. D786 .O57 2004. This is "the gripping, little-known story of the refugee Polish pilots who joined the RAF and played an essential role in saving Britain from the Nazis, only to be betrayed by the Allies after the war. After Poland fell to the Nazis, thousands of Polish pilots, soldiers, and sailors escaped to England. Devoted to liberating their homeland, some would form the RAF s 303 squadron, known as the Kosciuszko Squadron, after the elite unit in which many had flown back home" (publisher description). However, not all was glory for these pilots as they found their country and themselves betrayed and abandoned by the Allies as Stalin took over Poland.
  • Spencer, Otha Cleo, Flying the Hump: Memories of an Air War. D790 .S625 1992. Read the account of how the "occupying Japanese cut off China from outside contact during WW II,  [and how]the Americans quickly established 'the Hump,' an airlift of troops and supplies over the Himalayas designed to keep Chiang Kai-shek's army in the fight" (from Publishers Weekly).
  • Virden, Jenel, Americans and the Wars of the Twentieth Century. E745 .V57 2008. "Jenel Virden outlines the causes, courses and consequences of the four major wars of the 20th century in American history, examining how the United States became involved, how the wars were fought; and what the domestic consequences of the wars were. Virden discusses the foreign policy as well as civil liberty implications of American involvement in the First World War, Second World War, Korean War and Vietnam War" (from publisher description).
  • Winchell, Meghan K., Good Girls, Good Food, Good Fun: the Story of USO Hostesses during World War II. D810 .E8 W56 2008. This is the story of women who provided a home away from home for the soldiers during World War II. Archways calls it "A must-read for anyone interested in the home front during World War II."
  • Ybarra, Lea, Vietnam Veteranos: the Chicanos Recall the War. DS559.8 .M39 Y23 2004. "One of the most decorated groups that served in the Vietnam War, Chicanos fought and died in numbers well out of proportion to their percentage of the United States' population. Yet despite this, their wartime experiences have never received much attention in either popular media or scholarly studies. To spotlight and preserve some of their stories, this book presents substantial interviews with Chicano Vietnam veterans and their families that explore the men's experiences in combat, the war's effects on the Chicano community, and the veterans' postwar lives" (from the publisher's description).
In addition to the books, we have selected a sampling of historical photos related to Memorial Day and the American military. Please feel free to visit our display and leave any comments or thoughts. You can comment here in the blog, at our Facebook page, or you can fill out a comment card at the Circulation Desk.
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