Howard Mansfield - I Will Tell No War Stories: What Our Fathers Left Unsaid about World War II

Thursday, April 25th, 2024, 6:30 pm

Author Howard Mansfield returns to Gibson's Bookstore with his new work of nonfiction, this time diving into personal family history with I Will Tell No War Stories: What Our Fathers Left Unsaid about World War II

When Howard Mansfield grew up, World War II was omnipresent and hidden. This was also true of his father's time in the Air Force. Like most of his generation, it was a rule not to talk about what he'd experienced in war. "You're not getting any war stories from me," he'd say.

Cleaning up the old family house the year before his father's death, Mansfield was surprised to find a short diary of the bombing missions he had flown. Some of the missions were harrowing. Mansfield began to fill in the details, and to be surprised again, this time by a history he thought he knew.

I Will Tell No War Stories is about undoing the forgetting in a family and in a society that has hidden the horrors and cataclysm of a world at war. Some part of that forgetting was necessary for the veterans, otherwise how could they come home, how could they find peace?

I Will Tell No War Stories is also about learning to live with history, a theme Mansfield explored in earlier books like In the Memory House, which The New York Times called "a wise and beautiful book" and The Same Ax, Twice, said by the Times to be "filled with insight and eloquence ... a brilliant book."

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Event date: 
Thursday, April 25, 2024 - 6:30pm
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45 South Main St
Concord, NH 03301
I Will Tell No War Stories: What Our Fathers Left Unsaid about World War II By Howard Mansfield Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781493081080
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Published: Lyons Press - April 16th, 2024

When Howard Mansfield grew up, World War II was omnipresent and hidden. This was also true of his father's time in the Air Force. Like most of his generation, it was a rule not to talk about what he'd experienced in war. "You're not getting any war stories from me," he'd say.


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ISBN: 9781442226388
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ISBN: 9780872331679
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ISBN: 9780872333505
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ISBN: 9781593761394
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