NPR American Chronicles: World War II

  • by National Public Radio
  • Narrated by Neal Conan
  • 3 hrs and 4 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

NPR reveals remarkable stories of valor, bravery, and survival from the deadliest conflict in history with this vast panorama of interview, memories, and first person accounts from fronts in Europe, the Pacific, and at home. Harrowing, heartbreaking and deeply personal, this collection offers an intimate, engaging way to learn more about the war that changed the world.

Introduction by Neal Conan
Voices from the WWII Memorial
Reflections on Germany, Poland, and WWII
The London Blitz
Pearl Harbor: A Personal History
Hearing Voices: A Japanese-American in a WWII Camp
A Mother-in-Law's WWII Saga
WWII Heroes Recall the Doolittle Raid
Pearl harbor: A Personal History Part 2
The Kitchen Sisters: War & Separation
StoryCorps: My Mother's Story: Dot the Welder
War in the Pacific
Unbroken by War
Artists of Battlefield Deception: Soldiers of the 23rd
Female WWII Pilots: The Original Fly Girls
A Tuskegee Airman's Harrowing WWII Tale
Remembrances of D-Day
The "Mad Piper" of Normandy
Kate Nolan, WWII Combat Nurse
WWII Combat Cameraman: "The Public Had To Know"
WWII Veterans on the Battle of the Bulge
StoryCorps: Joseph Robertson
Holocaust Survivors Honor Camp Liberator
The Greatest Generation
Remembering the Final Days of World War II
Pilot Remembers Fateful Bombing Mission Over Nagasaki
Thanks, Grandpa Tommy, for Saving the World


What the Critics Say

"Strongly recommended as a supplement to textbook representations of World War." (Library Journal)
"This three-hour set is filled with the stories that bring history to life, the actual memories of real men and women. This is what history is all about, not a bunch of names and dates in a stuffy old textbook, but real people telling their own stories. Nobody does this kind of work better than NPR." (Audiobook Heaven)
"The well-selected stories take advantage of the fact that radio was the dominant news media of the period, splicing contemporary material with modern narration and nostalgic interviews." (AudioFile)


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Book Details

  • Release Date: 19-12-2012
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books