Review: OUR LONGEST DAYS edited by Sandra Koa Wing

Another book I read for the WWII reading challenge was Our Longest Days:  A People’s History of the Second World War edited by Sandra Koa Wing, a selection of diary entries written by British citizens for the Mass Observation project.

Here is an excerpt from my review on Diary of an Eccentric (click to read the full review):

Our Longest Days was a bit dry at times, but readers must remember that the book is non-fiction, and these weren’t professional writers. I think the book does a great job of illustrating the frustrations and fears associated with bombing raids and possible invasion by the Germans, the every day struggles associated with rationing, and the impact of the war on holiday gift-giving, dating, and work. One might think it was easy for people to give up things in favor of the war effort, and while several of the diarists were in the military, many were ordinary folk not on the front. They were expected to go about their daily routines as before and were constantly hit with challenges associated with meal preparation, public transit, etc. It was bound to take a toll on them.

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