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. 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.
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.
Chapter 1 Acknowledgments Chapter 2 List of Plates Chapter 3 Historiographical Introduction Chapter 4 Spring, 1939: March 11- June 3 Chapter 5 Summer, 1939: June 30-August 30 Chapter 6 Autumn, 1939: September 1-October 2 Chapter 7 An Early Winter, 1939: October 7-December 31 Chapter 8 Lingering Winter...Dismal Spring, 1940: February 5-May 17 Chapter 9 Late Spring, 1940: The Fall of France: May 27-June 25 Chapter 10 Summer and Autumn, 1940: July 1-September 16 Chapter 11 Autumn, 1940: September 22-November 26 Chapter 12 New Directions: November 5, 1941-July 30, 1942 Chapter 13 Epilogue Chapter 14 Character Study Chapter 15 Index