In the Shadow of the Hawk: An Intimate Chronicle of World War II and One Woman's Search for Meaning

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University Press of America, 2004 - History - 574 pages
This book carries the reader back to the early years of World War II. It is centered on an insightful American woman's daily experience, recorded in her diary from 1939 to 1942, wherein personal reflections and epic thrust yield an intriguing sense of plot. Author Lester Bartson draws on many external sources in order to bring to life the diarist's interesting native city of Canton, Ohio, her subsequent service as a WAC during the liberation of France, and postwar initiatives in Nova Scotia. Bartson uses recently discovered original material to piece together the poignant story of her husband, a Canadian RAF pilot during the First World War. Historical and cultural issues are given perspective by richly interactive notes, a broadly based Introduction, reflective Epilogue, thematic Index, and more than fifty individual illustrations.

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Contents

Spring 1939 MARCH 11 JUNE 3
97
Summer 1939 JUNE 30 AUGUST 30
163
Autumn 1939 SEPTEMBER 1 OCTOBER 2
205
An Early Winter 1939 OCTOBER 7 DECEMBER 31
253
Lingering WinterDismal Spring 1940 FEBRUARY 5 MAY 17
295
Late Spring 1940 THE FALL OF FRANCE MAY 27 JUNE 25
345
Summer and Autumn 1940 JULY 1 SEPTEMBER 16
383
Autumn 1940 SEPTEMBER 22 NOVEMBER 26
433
New Directions NOVEMBER 5 1941 JULY 30 1942
483
Epilogue
491
Character Study
521
Index
535
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About the author (2004)

Lester Bartson is Chair of the Department of History at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Professor Bartson holds a doctorate in history from Harvard University.

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