Behind the Lines: Powerful and Revealing American and Foreign War Letters---and One Man's Search to Find Them

Andrew Carroll spent three years traveling throughout the United States and around the world to seek out the most powerful and unforgettable letters ever written during American wars.

Behind the Lines is the result of that extraordinary trip and represents the first book of its kind: a dramatic, intimate, and revealing look at warfare as seen through the personal correspondence of US and foreign troops and civilians who have experienced major conflicts firsthand. From handwritten missives penned during the American Revolution to e-mails from Afghanistan and Iraq, Behind the Lines captures the full spectrum of emotions -- exhilaration, fear, devotion, despair, courage, heartache, patriotism, rage, and even humor -- expressed in times of war.

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By Brett (The United States) · ★★★★☆ · August 26, 2009
I am sucker for letters as a genre in the first place, but I am especially intrigued by war time letters. War will always be controversial. Even when two people believe war justifiable, there is still the question over whether a given war fits into that category. War and its various aspects can e... ...more
By A.S. (Chandler, AZ) · ★★★☆☆ · April 14, 2011
Book was a gift from my niece. Bascially letters from people who served in various wars back and forth to family, lovers, etc. Nice layout, not too informal, a good read, and the personal side of humanity displayed well. More for people who might be more "patriotic" or like reading other peoples... ...more
By Chris (The United States) · ★★★★★ · February 12, 2008
Just got it for Christmas already addicted. Im putting off other reading for it. Thanks Kim! Not for the faint hearted all war letters that express the families, and soldiers point of view. Its about as real as you could get to getting close to the effects of war on the phsyche. Dating from the F... ...more
By TC (Ithaca, NY) · ★★★★★ · March 25, 2008
I'm not usually one for "war stories" but this book is actually a collection of real war letters ranging from the American Revolution all the way to the current war Iraq. I got teary eyed several times and a couple times I laughed almost hysterically. It is a very moving book and is a revealing a... ...more
By shay (Minneapolis, MN) · ★★★★☆ · January 06, 2009
a really wonderful collection of letters and emails from soldiers and civilians in wars all over the world. this book was really touching and interesting. ...more
By Tiffany (Waldorf, MD) · ★★★★★ · May 19, 2009
I had the audio book and it was awesome. I laughed so hard at some parts and had to fight to keep the tears away on others. Wonderful book! ...more
By Dean (Shellharbour, 02, Australia) · ★★★★☆ · June 20, 2013
I found it a bit tough to get into. Not really a letters fan, however on the whole I liked it a lot. ...more
By christina (Eagle Bridge, NY) · June 07, 2007
Sorry about that earlier review! I was confused! ...more