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We Were There

Voices of African American Veterans, from World War II to the War in Iraq

About the Book

The Greatest Generation meets Bloods in this revealing oral history of the unrecognized contributions of African American veterans.

Award-winning journalist Yvonne Latty never bothered to find out the extent of her father's service until it was almost too late. Inspired by his moving story -- and eager to uncover the little-known stories of other black veterans, from those who served in the Second World War to the War in Iraq -- Latty set about interviewing veterans of every stripe: men and women; army, navy, and air force personnel; prisoners of war; and brigadier generals.

In a book that has sparked discussions in homes, schools, and churches across America, Latty, along with acclaimed photographer Ron Tarver, captures not only what was unique about the experiences of more than two dozen veterans but also why it is important for these stories to be recorded. Whether it's the story of a black medic on Omaha Beach or a nurse who ferried wounded soldiers by heli-copter to medical centers throughout Asia during the Vietnam War, We Were There is a must-have for every black home, military enthusiast, and American patriot.

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Critical Praise

“Excellent.... It puts the African American experience in the broader context of American military history in general.” —Booklist

“We Were There is the story of...victory poignantly told by the victors themselves.” —Debra J. Dickerson, author of An American Story and The End of Blackness

“Latty has collected scores of stories from black veterans...their commitment to their country is an inspiration to us all.” —Mark Bowden, author of Black Hawk Down

“Latty’s attempt to elevate blacks in the military beyond mere footnotes in history is timely and laudable.” —Columbus Dispatch

“Thanks to Latty and Tarver for introducing us to men and women who staked their lives on our freedom. ” —Lorene Cary, author of Black Ice and The Price of a Child

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780060751593
  • ISBN 10: 0060751592
  • Imprint: Amistad
  • On Sale: 02/01/2005
  • Pages: 208
  • List Price: 19.99 CAD
  • BISAC1: HISTORY / Military / General
  • BISAC2: SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / African American Studies

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