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The Last Good War: The Faces and Voices of World War II
Photographed by Tom Sanders
Text by Veronica Kavass
Introduction by Hampton Sides
224 pages, 8 ¼ x 11 ½
162 full color & black & white photos
Hardcover, $45.00 ($54.00 CAN)
ISBN: 978-1-59962-085-5
Publication date: October 26
On Sale: 10/12/2010
US History / Photography
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The Last Good War includes Louis Zamperini (pictured below), the hero of Laura Hillenbrand's bestselling Unbroken, and the subject of a 2014 film of the same name directed by Angelina Jolie.

World War II remains one of the most galvanizing and defining events in the history of America. Seemingly overnight, the entire nation unified behind a singular cause. By 1945, the size of the U.S. armed forces had grown from two to twelve million men and women of every color, religion, and creed. An entire generation's identity was forged, in part, by what many still refer to as the "last good war."

Sixty years later, a young photographer named Thomas Sanders began traveling the country photographing and interviewing hundreds of World War II veterans. The more he shot, the more he listened, and the more captivated he became by their memories of the war. Veronica Kavass, a writer and interviewer with StoryCorps, joined the project and spent countless hours with these men and women, recording their vivid accounts as Tom recorded their storied faces. "They are a living record of an incredibly historic time," Sanders says. "We have so much to learn from their experiences."

The Last Good War: The Faces and Voices of World War II is a chronicle of courage and hardship, sacrifice and determination. The harsh reality of combat is tempered by tender, poignant moments. The overwhelming anguish of lost brothers-in-arms sits alongside stories of enduring friendships. The war brought Americans in touch with people from all over the world—some they fought and some they fought next to, from the beaches of Normandy to the frozen plains of Russia, the North African deserts and the mountains of Japan. They came, these volunteers and draftees, from everywhere and for every reason: from the young woman pulled from her college and covertly trained to break German submarine codes, to the soldier who stormed Hitler's castle home, these pilots, soldiers, marines, and sailors each provide a unique window into American history.

There are two million veterans still alive today, but with each passing day there are fewer and fewer. The images and memories of these men and woman, collected in these pages, preserve a profound piece of America's history. Their past offers us a lasting and powerful perspective on today's world, and defines the true price of freedom.


Read the publisher's interview with Veronica Kavass
Read the publisher's interview with Thomas Sanders



"There was no question in my mind that I was going to be in the service, and that wherever I was and wherever I landed, I was going to do what I had to do."
— Robert Watson, US Navy