Books as Weapons

51vgmgguwcl._sy400_.jpgWhen Books Went to War by Molly Guptill Manning is an excellent source of historic reading material — especially on Memorial Day weekend.

This informative book describes in detail the way in which the United States waged war by collecting and distributing reading material to our servicemen across the globe during World War II. Not long after the burning of books and banning of many authors during Hitler’s “total war”, librarians, publishers, politicians, and civilians across the U.S. began their own war against the regime which sought to control the minds and thoughts of the world by eliminating any ideas which differed from those of their demented leader.

Over time, more than 10 million books were collected and distributed to those fighting for freedom. Paperback books became popular because they were light and easy for soldiers to carry. The books filled empty hours and served as reminders of home and country.

I think this is an excellent book. As I read it, I wished not for another war, but rather for another successful campaign which would encourage people far and wide to read on a regular basis. The exchange of ideas through the written word is mightier than the sword.

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About dianeledet

Professional Writing Consultant, Graduate of DePaul University School for New Learning 2008
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