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  • Title: Back Home
  • Author: Bill Mauldin
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  • Page: 350
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  • In the summer of 1945, a great tide of battered soldiers began flowing back to the United States from around the globe Though victorious, these exhausted men were nevertheless too grief stricken over the loss of comrades, too guilt ridden that they had survived, and too numbed by trauma to share in the country s euphoria Most never saw a ticker tape parade, or stole a TiIn the summer of 1945, a great tide of battered soldiers began flowing back to the United States from around the globe Though victorious, these exhausted men were nevertheless too grief stricken over the loss of comrades, too guilt ridden that they had survived, and too numbed by trauma to share in the country s euphoria Most never saw a ticker tape parade, or stole a Times Square kiss All they wanted was to settle back into quiet workaday lives without fear How tragic that the forces unleashed by World War II made this simple wish impossible.Willie Joe Back Home brilliantly chronicles the struggles and disillusionments of these early postwar years and, in doing so, tells Bill Mauldin s own extraordinary story of his journey home to a wife he barely knew and a son he had only seen in pictures The drawings capture the texture and feel, the warp and woof, of this confusing time the ubiquitous hats and cigarettes, the domestic rubs, the rising fear of another war, and new conflicts over Civil Rights, civil liberties, and free speech This volume of Mauldin s work identifies and restores the dozens of cartoons censored by Mauldin s syndicate for their attacks on racial segregation and McCarthy style witch hunts Mauldin pleaded with his syndicate to let him out of his contract so that he could return to the simple quiet life so desired by Willie Joe The syndicate refused, so Mauldin did battle, as always, through pen and ink less
    Back Home In the summer of a great tide of battered soldiers began flowing back to the United States from around the globe Though victorious these exhausted men were nevertheless too grief stricken over

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    1. A fascinating look at early post war politics You can swap the names Russia, Rankin, The House of UnAmerican Activities for Iran, Cheney, and the Tea Party, and this book would seem surpassingly up to date You d pretty much still have to call Republicans Republicans, though the strife is worse now There was union bating then and now, snobbery then and now, and dishonesty in political discourse then and now I thought the U.S was once better than this Maybe it wasn t after all.

    2. Everything old is new again Written in the first few years after WWII, Mauldin frankly discussed the moods and concerns of returning soldiers, all of which are still far to common today The section on soaring property costs and intrusive government market regulation, The section on corruption and incompetence in the Veterans Administration, The section on political rent seeking by supposedly apolitical advocacy groups, the section on Russian communist infiltration and corruption of American soci [...]

    3. During the war, Willie and Joe s resilience, humor, and camaraderie served as partial redemption for the brutalizing and dehumanizing conditions of their existence p xii General Patton reportedly hated the sloppy twosome, but when he tried to stop the cartoons, General Dwight D Eisenhower stepped in to support Mauldin s foxhole realism It was good for the soldiers morale to feel that someone understood them and it was good for folks back home to understand some of the hardships of war, albeit in [...]

    4. Like E.B Sledge s China Marine, this is the lesser known follow up to a rightly famous WWII classic.Picking up where Up Front left off, this book should be everybody s first stop shop for understanding those who survived global war s front lines and came back to a nation untouched by real violence Mauldin s plain spoken commentary, both witty and blunt, entertains and enlightens The one shot cartoons here and there ain t bad either.Many of those cartoons feature Willie and Joe, the dogfaces that [...]

    5. I m admittedly anapolitical, so there was a lot about this book that I didn t appreciate Is there any political satirist that isn t inherently angry about something Would he have anything to say if he wasn t Does all that ax grinding make any difference to peoples lives Does anyone become kinder, gentler through cartoons and ranting Read in small doses, this was an entirely fascinating look at post war WWII America The social psychologist in me ate it up Every chapter covered a different aspect [...]

    6. I initially thought this would just be a collection of Bill Mauldin s one panel comic strips but it s accompanied by long essays espousing his beliefs and thoughts on things as varied as Communism, automobiles, unions, his editors, Hollywood and the life of a soldier upon his return to civilian life Sprinkled throughout, about one per page and a half, are the comic strips, most of which relate to the context of Mauldin s essays Although it s of a book than a strip collection I thought his writi [...]

    7. Brilliant In my imagination, the end of WWII was an almost magical time in history imagine, a world wide war that ENDED Mauldin shows that the praise and hurrahing for the returning heroes my dad among them didn t last long There was anti GI prejudice, and they would face tremendous difficulties getting work and lodgings Although Mauldin s cartoons present this with wry and bitter humor, the cartoons and text form a very thought provoking look into historical realities And like all good historie [...]

    8. Some great cartoons from the best cartoonist of WWII Gives you a picture of how things change, but how they also stay the same A great book for research of the common man in the year after the war.

    9. Humor which isn t quite as grim, but every bit as poignant, as that found in Mauldin s wartime collection, Up Front, only this time based on the G.I s common experience of the stresses encountered on returning to civilian life.

    10. Back Home by Bill Mauldin W Sloane Assoc 1947 917.3 Post WWII cartoons by the legendary military cartoonist My rating 7 10, finished 1983.

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