Sunday, August 20, 2023

On My Radar: Molly Guptill Manning's The War of Words!


Yes, I do love crime fiction, and most of the reviews you read here on Kittling: Books are reviews of mysteries, but I also love well-written non-fiction. Back in 2014, I read Molly Guptill Manning's When Books Went to War, and I loved it. So much so that it is now one of my favorite non-fiction books of all time. 

So... what did I do when I learned that Manning had written another book? I went out on the driveway and popped a couple of wheelies on my scooter, that's what! Let me share some information about her new book.

Available September 26, 2023!


"At a time when civilian periodicals faced strict censorship, US Army Chief of Staff George Marshall won the support of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to create an expansive troop-newspaper program. Both Marshall and FDR recognized that there was a second struggle taking place outside the battlefields of World War II—the war of words. While Hitler inundated the globe with propaganda, morale across the US Army dwindled. As the Axis blurred the lines between truth and fiction, the best defense was for American troops to bring the truth into focus by writing it down and disseminating it themselves.

By war’s end, over 4,600 unique GI publications had been printed around the world. In newsprint, troops made sense of their hardships, losses, and reasons for fighting. These newspapers—by and for the troops—became the heart and soul of a unit.

From Normandy to the shores of Japan, American soldiers exercised a level of free speech the military had never known nor would again. It was an extraordinary chapter in American democracy and military history. In the war for “four freedoms,” it was remarkably fitting that troops fought not only with guns but with their pens. This stunning volume includes fourteen pages of photographs and illustrations."
After reading her previous book and remembering the power of it, I can't wait to dive into The War of Words. Join me!


  1. I. Want. This. Book. That is all. Seriously, Cathy, this sounds absolutely fascinating. And it sounds very timely as well. There's so much to explore when it comes from our relationship with the press, isn't there?

  2. Ooh...thanks for the reminder about When Books Went to War. I wanted to read that one when it came out, then forgot about it. This latest book looks equally good. Happy Monday! :D

  3. I don't really read much nonfiction any more although at one time it was my favorite genre. This one, however, certainly sounds well worth a read.

    1. Non-fiction used to be my favorite genre, too.

  4. Me, too, Lark. I'm grateful that Cathy mentioned When Books Went to War because I didn't get around to that one when it was new, and then forgot all about it. Thanks, Cathy.


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