I have read many books related to war, but they are mostly about the war, eg history (Rise & Fall of the 3rd Reich), economics (The Wages of Destruction), holocaust (Hitler's Willing Executioners), from which I have learned a lot. But as a reader, I remained at a distance from the experience of the war, the proverbial "arm-chair" observer. So I thank you for referring me to Intimate Voices and a closer encounter to this violent wound in human history. ...It evoked a dimension of empathy and compassion.
This is a unique read that puts the horror and stupidity of war up close and personal. And it brought so much of what I have previously read as an observer up close and much more personal. It reminds me that I have had a life of grace in that I have been spared the experience of war - at least so far.
Discover the fascinating history of Chicago home to Barack Obama, Al Capone, the Chicago Cubs, politicians, mobsters, and more told through 24 dramatic true stories. Known as an expert on Chicago's folklore and crime stories, Adam Selzer takes readers through Chicago's history from the 1800s to the present with tales of the politicians, eccentrics, and the famous and infamous who shaped the city. Essays explore historic events from the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 to the beginnings of the film era (Chicago was home to film long before Hollywood) and the historical contributions to the birth of rock 'n roll. Also included are guided walking tours around many of the sites mentioned, illustrated with color photographs and maps.
About the Author
Adam Selzer is a historian, a tour guide, and the author of 15 books ranging from young adult novels to histories of the Windy City, including "Ghosts of Chicago." He appears regularly on TV and radio talking about Chicago history. He lives in Chicago.