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Washington DC: Brassey's, 1996. First Printing [Stated]. Hardcover. xvi, 336 pages. Notes. Index. Inscription signed by author on fep. One sheet of related ephemera laid in. Printing defect on page 195/6 with loss of some margin material. DJ has slight wear and soiling. Based on a Kirkus review: The GI Bill loosed forces that helped to transform America from the working-class, largely agricultural society into a largely middle-class society. Bennett, a former reporter, begins by tracing the origins of the bill and the fight to make it law in 1944. The American Legion was particularly influential: Members who had fought in WW I remembered the shabby treatment they had received when they came home. The meat, or the soul, of the book is Bennett's study of the ways in which the law helped transform postwar American life. It provided opportunities for education unavailable to previous generations, as well as low- priced home mortgages. GIs, most of them from the urban and rural working class, stormed college campuses in record numbers, raised student performance levels, and shook up the college culture. Millions of erstwhile blue-collar, rent-paying workers turned into professionals of every calling, as well as prosperous, skilled entrepreneurs and home-owners. GIs used the money they got to do vital if seemingly ordinary things and in the process created a more abundant and egalitarian society. The total postwar cost of $14.5 billion was an investment that returned manyfold more in revenue as veterans earned more and paid more taxes. Bennett believes that the GI Bill was the most successful government program since the Homestead Act.
New York: Random House, 1998. First Edition, Fourth Printing. Hardcover. xxx, 412,  pages. Illustrations. Index. Slight creasing and small chips to DJ edges. Inscribed by the author, Tom Brokaw, on the title page. DJ has slight creasing and small chips to dust jacket edges. Thomas John Brokaw (/born February 6, 1940) is an American television journalist and author. He was the anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News for 22 years (1982–2004). He is the only person to have hosted all three major NBC News programs: The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, and Meet the Press. He now serves as a special correspondent for NBC News and works on documentaries for other outlets. Along with his competitors Peter Jennings at ABC News and Dan Rather at CBS News, Brokaw was one of the "Big Three" news anchors in the U.S. during the 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s. The three hosted their networks' flagship nightly news programs for over 20 years, and all three started and retired (or died, in Jennings' case) within a year of each other. He is the author of The Greatest Generation (1998) and other books and the recipient of numerous honors including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which was awarded to him by President Barack Obama in 2014.
Atlanta, GA: Longstreet Press, Inc., 1995. First Printing [Stated]. Hardcover. xiii, ,185,  pages. Illustrations. DJ has some wear, soiling, tears and chips. Vince Coppola's journalistic career spans more than 30 years; he spent ten of those years at Newsweek. Coppola was lead reporter in Newsweek's early coverage of the AIDS epidemic, the destruction of the Space Shuttle Challenger, and the Atlanta child murders. Coppola has written four non-fiction books, including Uneasy Warriors: The Perilous Journey of the Green Berets. He is an award-winning writer who has written feature stories for magazines including Esquire, Rolling Stone, Men's Journal, Atlanta. Coppola was selected by former U.S. Attorney General Griffin B. Bell to write The Sicilian Judge, a biography of U.S. District Judge Anthony A. Alaimo. Alaimo, who immigrated to the United States as a child, served in World War II as a bomber pilot, was shot down, imprisoned for two years in the infamous German POW camp, Stalag Luft III. He took part in the Great Escape and later escaped the Nazis on his own.
Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1985. First Printing [Stated]. Hardcover. ixm , 324 pages Appendix. Notes. Index. The author is a psychologist and nationally recognized expert in treating war trauma. From the author's web presence: Coming home from the war in Vietnam “What do I do now?” loomed as much more than a career challenge. Weeks of sobbing daily had to pass before I could add the crucial words in my journal, “now that I’ve taken part in state-sanctioned mass-murder.” The knot in my stomach eased a bit when an answer came: spend the rest of this life, learning how to be human. Not long after came a corollary. Time for me to start giving, with as little expectation as I could. For being human in the way I needed to learn and giving are so completely intertwined that one virtually means the other. So my work ever since has been about giving, always accompanied by the realization that there was always much, much more that needs to be given, than I could possibly do on my own. Fortunately, many other people have the same idea. More efforts that have been launched and thrive on giving than I will ever know. But some have come to my attention, and that I’m so glad for that I want to I give them a boost in the way that we can now do on line. So this site is to echo some good news. And to use the massive copying machine that the internet is to distribute electronic leaflets to tell others, “Hey look at this! These people could really use your help!” Look around: whatever good you’re already doing and helping others with, maybe you’ll find some more ways here to share as only you can.