Behind the Lines
Powerful and Revealing American and Foreign War Letters--and One Man's Search to Find Them
By Andrew Carroll
(Scribner, Paperback, 9780743256179, 512pp.)
Publication Date: September 26, 2006
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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Andrew Carroll spent three years traveling throughout the United States and around the world to seek out the most powerful and unforgettable letters ever written during American wars.
Behind the Lines is the result of that extraordinary trip and represents the first book of its kind: a dramatic, intimate, and revealing look at warfare as seen through the personal correspondence of US and foreign troops and civilians who have experienced major conflicts firsthand. From handwritten missives penned during the American Revolution to e-mails from Afghanistan and Iraq, Behind the Lines captures the full spectrum of emotions -- exhilaration, fear, devotion, despair, courage, heartache, patriotism, rage, and even humor -- expressed in times of war.
Andrew Carroll is the editor of three New York Times bestsellers, including Letters of a Nation and War Letters. Visit www.warletters.com.
"Extraordinary...Achieve[s] an evocative power rare even in the best war literature." -- Rick Atkinson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943
"Andrew Carroll studies the human side of war in this stirring, moving, and sometimes hilarious collection." -- Mark Bowden, author of Black Hawk Down
"Each letter is extraordinary in its own right, but together they illuminate war as it is rarely seen.... This is a book born of great passion. This is a book with tremendous heart and soul." -- James Bradley, author of Flags of Our Fathers and Flyboys