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Slinging Doughnuts for the Boys : An American Woman in World War II

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Elizabeth Richardson was a Red Cross volunteer who worked as a Clubmobile hostess during World War II. Handing out free doughnuts, coffee, cigarettes, and gum to American soldiers in England and France, she and her colleagues provided a touch of home-American girls with whom the boys could talk, flirt, dance, and perhaps find companionship. Usually the job was not hazardous-except when V-1 and V-2 rockets rained down on London-but it required both physical endurance and the skills of a trained counselor. Liz Richardson is a witty writer and astute observer. Her letters and diaries reveal an intelligent, independent, and personable woman with a voice that rings true. With commentary by historian James H. Madison, this book is an exceptional window into a past that is all too quickly fading from memory.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 142.24 x 223.52 x 25.4mm | 226.8g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 30 b&w photos, 1 map
  • 0253221072
  • 9780253221070
  • 1,433,833

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"All in all, this account makes for informative and enjoyable reading for the scholar, undergraduate, or anyone interested in women's participation in the war, and in particular the American Red Cross Clubmobiles." -H-NET Reviews Humanities & Social Sciences, March, 2010 "Richardson's story, skillfully reconstructed by Madison, pulls back the veil of romantic myth that sometimes obscures World War II, and lets us see the face of wartime humanity in all of its guises-bored and fearful, but also alive and charged with hope." -Bloom Magazine "A remarkable book.... Historian James H. Madison has done a marvelous job of detective work in putting together Richardson's story. A major strength of this work is the careful way that Madison has placed the letters and diary of Richardson within their larger historical context." -Judy Barrett Litoff, author of We're in This War, Too: World War II Letters from American Women in Uniform "At a time when war memories are fading with the passing of each veteran, Madison gives voice to Liz's recollections, capturing her zest for life and her deep understanding of war." -South Bend Tribuneshow more

About James H. Madison

James H. Madison is Thomas and Kathryn Miller Professor of History at Indiana University Bloomington. He is author of A Lynching in the Heartland: Race and Memory in America and other books. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana.show more

Table of contents

PrefaceChronology of Elizabeth Richardson's Life1. Growing Up, Leaving Home, and Preparing for War2. The Yanks in England3. V-1 Rockets, the Kansas City, and the 82nd Airborne4. War Comes Closer5. Into the English Provinces6. From the Gray Midlands to Sunny Cornwall7. Across the Channel and into France8. V-E Day and V-E Blues9. One Plane Crash10. The Long MemoryAppendix: Wartime WritingNotesNote on SourcesAcknowledgmentsIndexshow more

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