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The Greatest Generation meets Bloods in this revealing oral history of the unrecognized contributions of African American veterans. Award-winning journalist Yvonne Latty never bothered to find out the extent of her father's service until it was almost too late. Inspired by his moving story -- and eager to uncover the little-known stories of other black veterans, from those The Greatest Generation meets Bloods in this revealing oral history of the unrecognized contributions of African American veterans. Award-winning journalist Yvonne Latty never bothered to find out the extent of her father's service until it was almost too late. Inspired by his moving story -- and eager to uncover the little-known stories of other black veterans, from those who served in the Second World War to the War in Iraq -- Latty set about interviewing veterans of every stripe: men and women; army, navy, and air force personnel; prisoners of war; and brigadier generals. In a book that has sparked discussions in homes, schools, and churches across America, Latty, along with acclaimed photographer Ron Tarver, captures not only what was unique about the experiences of more than two dozen veterans but also why it is important for these stories to be recorded. Whether it's the story of a black medic on Omaha Beach or a nurse who ferried wounded soldiers by heli-copter to medical centers throughout Asia during the Vietnam War, We Were There is a must-have for every black home, military enthusiast, and American patriot.


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The Greatest Generation meets Bloods in this revealing oral history of the unrecognized contributions of African American veterans. Award-winning journalist Yvonne Latty never bothered to find out the extent of her father's service until it was almost too late. Inspired by his moving story -- and eager to uncover the little-known stories of other black veterans, from those The Greatest Generation meets Bloods in this revealing oral history of the unrecognized contributions of African American veterans. Award-winning journalist Yvonne Latty never bothered to find out the extent of her father's service until it was almost too late. Inspired by his moving story -- and eager to uncover the little-known stories of other black veterans, from those who served in the Second World War to the War in Iraq -- Latty set about interviewing veterans of every stripe: men and women; army, navy, and air force personnel; prisoners of war; and brigadier generals. In a book that has sparked discussions in homes, schools, and churches across America, Latty, along with acclaimed photographer Ron Tarver, captures not only what was unique about the experiences of more than two dozen veterans but also why it is important for these stories to be recorded. Whether it's the story of a black medic on Omaha Beach or a nurse who ferried wounded soldiers by heli-copter to medical centers throughout Asia during the Vietnam War, We Were There is a must-have for every black home, military enthusiast, and American patriot.

39 review for We Were There: Voices of African American Veterans, from World War II to the War in Iraq

  1. 5 out of 5

    James S. Butler

    The Black Brave Outstanding literature on the trials and tribulations of men who fought the enemy for this country but we're treated like dirt. Men such as my father who have their best only to come home and be treated as second class citizens.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Joseph Hirsch

    This was a fairly fascinating, albeit short, book. Black veterans of every conflict from World War Two up to the more current wars in Afghanistan and Iraq share their experiences. They recount painful details of discrimination, in addition to the usual horrors that one finds attendant to war. Indeed, the book deserves a ton of credit for the balanced way it shows how black Americans were ostracized from sharing in equal citizenship with their white cohorts, and yet, despite this, how they This was a fairly fascinating, albeit short, book. Black veterans of every conflict from World War Two up to the more current wars in Afghanistan and Iraq share their experiences. They recount painful details of discrimination, in addition to the usual horrors that one finds attendant to war. Indeed, the book deserves a ton of credit for the balanced way it shows how black Americans were ostracized from sharing in equal citizenship with their white cohorts, and yet, despite this, how they persevered in their soldiering duties without giving in to hatred or bitterness. The book makes no bones about the racial skeletons in America's closet, but neither does it belabor the point, or have an axe to grind. The best tales for me were the ones that centered on the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. It was also fascinating and tragic to hear how black GIs received better treatment from their Japanese and Nazi (!) captors than they many times received at home, from white Americans. If I have one minor complaint (the reason for the four, rather than five-star rating), it's that some of the narratives are just too short. The reader sometimes only gets two to three page thumbnail sketches of some very fascinating individuals, who suffered through the privations of German stalags or the liberating of the concentration camps. It would have been nice to see some of these very abbreviated tales expanded, if not to book length, then at least to more than a couple of mere pages. The above is a fairly minor cavil, though, against a book that, as a veteran, and as an American, I found to be an illuminating, and above all necessary reading experience.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    Thought this was great. My only wish was that many of the stories were longer.

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