"Daddy's Gone to War"
The Second World War in the Lives of America's Children
William M. Tuttle, Jr.
Reviews and Awards
A 1993 New York Times Notable Book of the Year
"An exemplary combination of solid primary source-work, elegant readability, and theoretical creativity, William Tuttle's Daddy's Gone to War will be of particular interest to historians of childhood and the life course, and of potentially more generl interest to anyone born in the United States between the mid-1930s and the mid-1940s."--Journal of Social History
"This analysis of testimony from more than 2,000 is a valuable and moving book."--The New York Times Book Review
"In a felicitous synthesis of history, sociology, psychology, and anthropology, Tuttle represents in rich detail the intersection between public events and the way young children perceived them during World War II. Identifying differences of class, race, religion, age, gender, and geographical and ethnic background, Tuttle describes the psychic landscape and the challenges that shaped a generation of children now entering its 50s....Artful and absorbing."--Kirkus Reviews
"Well written, balanced....The human story Tuttle tells makes a fascinating book."--The Kansas City Star
"Tuttle creates a vivid picture of American children during the Second World War through the letters and recollections of home-front children themselves....From the first page to the last, the reader will hope that the narrative will not end. In the 263 pages of text the reader will be glued to each and every vignette discovering another fascinating aspect of the American home front. By using childhood experiences, Tuttle has demonstrated the value of social history as an important tool in understanding the Second World War, and in the process we discover more about ourselves."--Kansas History