Soldiering in World War II.

The War Memoirs of Alfred de Grazia

Drafted into the army in the wake of Pearl Harbor, Alfred de Grazia, a young political scientist at the University of Chicago, revisits a war experience which took him from basic training to OSS and to the very first unit of psychological warfare created in the Army of the United States, through six campaigns of World War II, from North Africa to the invasion of Sicily, to the Battle of Monte Cassino, to the Liberation of Rome, to the landings in Southern France, to the defeat of Germany and to the liberation of Dachau, ending, age 25, as commanding officer of the Combat Propaganda Team of the Seventh American Army... All the while striving to stay in touch with his wife Jill Oppenheim, an enthusiastic letter-writer, who is expecting, then rearing, their first baby, while keeping him abreast the events on the home front... He meets ordinary and extraordinary people in extraordinary circumstances, learning lessons both practical or tragic. Two especially drove home: ‘Do what you think best, but do it.' And: ‘Watch you don't trip on a mine.'
Tunis, 1943
Alfred de Grazia, born 1919 in Chicago, taught political science at U. of Minnesota, Brown, Stanford and NYU, a. o., authoring some twenty books in the field, and thirty more in various others, from ancient history to poetry... Now in his nineties, and active as ever, he lives in a village in France.

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