Picks and Pans Review: The Good War by Studs Terkel

updated 05/05/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/05/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

The oral historian, in reading his own work, faces a difficult task: to recite the words of all the people whose memories of World War II he elicited for this book. His approach is deceptively simple. He speaks in solid, level tones, always with the proper emotional intensity. A collective voice emerges, creating a moving image of the impact of war. (Random House, $14.95)

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