The GI Generation: A Memoir (Paperback)

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Winner of the 2000 Ohioana Book Award for nonfiction Frank Mathias was born in Maysville, Kentucky, (pop. 7000) in 1925 and grew up in nearby Carlisle (pop. 1500), where life in his small town was much like that in towns and villages all across America. He came of age in an era of total security; his parents never even had a key to their front door. Daily living was infused with gossip; no one had a secret, and everyone knew everyone elses business. Outdoor life was a vital part of growing up, and teachers and mentors instilled a sense of right and wrong in young people. Raised during the Great Depression, Mathias became a member of a fighting force the likes of which the world had never known, a legion now called The Greatest Generation. The GI Generation tells Mathiass story of growing up with the sweet whistle of the L&N train and the summer-kitchen smells of hot salt-rising bread and blackberry cobbler, which could instantly halt even the most rousing game of cowboys and Indians. Much of community life focused on the local high school, which, in Mathiass case, was a tiny one with no chemistry courses, no drivers training, and no guidance counselors. Yet the one hundred students who graduated between 1942 and 1944 became university professors, top executives, military commanders, successful investors, lawyers, and physicians. A vivid portrait of a bucolic pre-war boyhood, The GI Generation takes readers back to an era when boys rustled watermelons under the hot summer sun and young lovers danced to the sounds of farmhouse bands. Whether describing the unfortunate (but delicious) end of his brothers pet chicken, Don, or the ominous clouds of war, Mathias writes with humor, honesty, and compassion. *Author: Mathias, Frank F. *Binding Type: Paperback *Number of Pages: 308 *Publication Date: 2009/12/16 *Language: English *Dimensions: 9.02 x 5.98 x 0.69 inches

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Publisher University Press of Kentucky
Mfg Part# 9780813193212
SKU 213658563
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0813193214
Release Date 12/22/2009
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0240
Publisher University Press of Kentucky
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