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I Will Tell No War Stories: What Our Fathers Left Unsaid about World War II (Hardcover)

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When Howard Mansfield grew up, World War II was omnipresent and hidden. This was also true of his father's time in the Air Force. Like most of his generation, it was a rule not to talk about what he'd experienced in war. "You're not getting any war stories from me," he'd say.

Cleaning up the old family house the year before his father's death, Mansfield was surprised to find a short diary of the bombing missions he had flown. Some of the missions were harrowing. Mansfield began to fill in the details, and to be surprised again, this time by a history he thought he knew.

I Will Tell No War Stories is about undoing the forgetting in a family and in a society that has hidden the horrors and cataclysm of a world at war. Some part of that forgetting was necessary for the veterans, otherwise how could they come home, how could they find peace?

I Will Tell No War Stories is also about learning to live with history, a theme Mansfield explored in earlier books like In the Memory House, which The New York Times called "a wise and beautiful book" and The Same Ax, Twice, said by the Times to be "filled with insight and eloquence ... a brilliant book."

About the Author

Howard Mansfield has written a dozen books, sifting through the commonplace and the forgotten to discover stories that tell us about ourselves and our place in the world. The late critic Guy Davenport said: "Howard Mansfield has never written an uninteresting or dull sentence. All of his books are emotionally and intellectually nourishing. He is something like a cultural psychologist along with being a first-class cultural historian. He is humane, witty, bright-minded, and rigorously intelligent."

Product Details
ISBN: 9781493081080
ISBN-10: 149308108X
Publisher: Lyons Press
Publication Date: April 16th, 2024
Pages: 160
Language: English