Carnage and Courage: A Memoir of FDR, the Kennedys, and World War II

TitleCarnage and Courage: A Memoir of FDR, the Kennedys, and World War II
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsWilson, Page
Number of Pages288
PublisherYucca Publishing
CityNew York

This memoir is the story of an American woman's journey from upper-crust ingenue to a career in the US diplomatic corps. At President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's behest, the author left the US to serve in London with Ambassador Joseph Kennedy as he took up his post just before World War II began and the Blitz commenced. With the conflict in Europe already underway, the author, working with Kennedy, shared the grip of war with the men and women who were engaged against Germany. When the bombs finally fell on Britain, Kennedy sent the author back to America--fulfilling a promise he and Roosevelt made to keep her safe--where she anxiously awaited US involvement. Upon meeting the man she would marry, a combat pilot, her role began to mirror that of so many women of war era--the struggle to maintain a home that is re-billeted constantly and the worry for her husband in combat. The author's journey starts with an appointment from the highest levels of government and continues along a path many young women would take as America fought to bring peace to the world.

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