- Once Upon a Town by Bob Greene
I had high hopes for this one. One of my favorite reading interests is WWII testimonials (not about military history though) and there isn't much about the home front. The relevant content of this book could have been condensed into a magazine or even newspaper article. When Greene found an original player, he basically wrote a transcript of his/her speech. It made some sense, since they are a dying generation, but it doesn't make for enthralling reading. The North Platte Canteen is an amazing piece of disappearing history and tells a beautiful story about the kind of Americans we should all be. The best part of the book highlights the pure patriotism and compassion of a seemingly average town.