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Edition: St. Martin's Press
Date of issue: September 1st 1996
ISBN: 031214573X
ISBN 13: 9780312145736
Language: English

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Studs Terkel was eighty three years old when he gathered and published this collection of interviews with people we kindly refer to as “elders” or less reverentially as “those in their dotage”. Some are as “young” as septuagenarian and a few qualify as centenarian but what impressed me was that although their voices and views were mixed there was little expression of nostalgia or remorse but rather an amazingly positive view of their present and even hope for the future; if not their own, then for the youth of the world. Published in 1995, those interviewed were often looking back on the early parts of the twentieth century but their experiences and viewpoints are just as applicable today as they were then. Although the specifics of events may have changed the underlying causes and solutions to life's ongoing problems remain the same. Even with a certain sadness for some things that have been lost, change is part of living and views from the past are simply replaced by new vision. Seeing the relentlessness of change was occasionally even viewed as humorous. With all of the drama and exciting experiences relayed by some who lived it, the ability to see the irony in being human captivated me. Henry Oettinger, an eighty year old political activist from Chicago said it best: “There is only one more thing I want to do as the time is running out. I want to win the lottery, buy three ships, man them with American Indians, and send them over to discover Italy.”


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Ebook Coming of Age: The Story of Our Century by Those Who've Lived It read Online! Louis "Studs" Terkel was an American author, historian, actor, and broadcaster. He received the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction in 1985 for "The Good War", and is best remembered for his oral histories of common Americans, and for hosting a long-running radio show in Chicago.

Terkel was acclaimed for his efforts to preserve American oral history. His 1985 book "The Good War: An Oral History of World War Two", which detailed ordinary peoples' accounts of the country's involvement in World War II, won the Pulitzer Prize. For "Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression", Terkel assembled recollections of the Great Depression that spanned the socioeconomic spectrum, from Okies, through prison inmates, to the wealthy. His 1974 book, "Working" also was highly acclaimed. In 1995, he received the Chicago History Museum "Making History Award" for Distinction in Journalism and Communications. In 1997, Terkel was elected a member of The American Academy of Arts and Letters. Two years later, he received the George Polk Career Award in 1999.


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