Born in Forty-Two

Born in Forty-Two : What Happened to the Country I Loved and Knew

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Born in Forty-Two is a non-fiction retrospective spanning the lifetime of author, Michael P. Kost. The book drops the reader in the heart of America during World War II. The country is perhaps more politically united and embracing of the patriotic spirit than it has been in quite some time, and yet Japanese American citizens are being forced to live in relocation camps, entrapped by barbed-wire fences and armed soldiers on twenty-four-hour patrol. Jump forward to the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1960. The media, especially television, has become an increasingly important and reliable source for the news, with frequent updates and reputable broadcasters. Kost, now eighteen, experiences the world, not simply as a child watching on in wonder, but as a young adult able to vote and engage in this newly volatile political climate. This politically charged memoir discusses all the landmark historical events of the last seventy years-from America's receptiveness to electing the first Irish-Catholic president in 1960 and then the first black president in 2008, to the releasing of the Pentagon Papers in the 1970's. Kost's hope is that the reader will look back through time with him and remember that though, "you cannot change the past, you can inject part of the past into the present"-a vital lens with which to look toward the future.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 168 pages
  • 150 x 226 x 14mm | 226.8g
  • United States
  • English
  • 053316480X
  • 9780533164806
  • 1,822,905

About Michael P Kost

Michael P. Kost was born and raised on Long Island, New York. After graduating from Westbury High School in 1961, he joined the US Army. Upon completing basic training, he was assigned to serve in Berlin, Germany. There he witnessed the construction of the Berlin Wall. After his tour of duty, Kost returned to Long Island to run his family's restaurant for several years, until, in the mid-eighties, he decided to relocate to Hawaii and work in the sales business at a car dealership. Michael and his wife Alicia continue to reside in Hawaii, but spend time in the Philippines, taking care of their family business--raising cattle. "Born in Forty-Two" is Kost's first published book. He welcomes any response to his work at: P.O. Box 1067Kaneohe, HI 96744
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