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Dear Bob: Bob Hope's Wartime Correspondence with the G.I.S of World War II by Martha Bolton.

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Dear Bob: Bob Hope's Wartime Correspondence with the G.I.S of World War II

For five decades, comedian, actor, singer, dancer, and entertainer Bob Hope (1903-2003) traveled the world performing before American and Allied troops and putting on morale-boosting USO shows. Dear Bob . . . : Bob Hope's Wartime Correspondence with the G.I.s of World War II tells the story of Hope's remarkable service to the fighting men and women of World War II, collecting personal letters, postcards, packages, and more sent back and forth among Hope and the troops and their loved ones back home.

Soldiers, nurses, wives, and parents shared their innermost thoughts, swapped jokes, and commiserated with the "G.I.s' best friend" about war, sacrifice, lonely days, and worrisome, silent nights. The Entertainer of the Century performed for millions of soldiers in person, in films, and over the radio. He visited them in the hospitals and became not just a pal but their link to home. This unforgettable collection of letters and images, many of which remained in Hope's personal files throughout his life and now reside at the Library of Congress, capture a personal side of both writer and recipient in a very special and often-emotional way. This volume heralds the voices of those servicemen and women whom Hope entertained and who, it is clear, delighted and inspired him.

Martha Bolton is an Author, Television Writer, Playwright and Lyricist. She has written 88 books including Dear Bob: Bob Hope's Wartime Correspondence with the G.I.S of World War II. Ms. Bolton was Bob Hope’s first woman staff writer, writing over 40 hours of primetime television specials, including USO shows in Beirut and Operation Desert Shield in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.

Ms. Bolton’s comedy writing included Bob Hope’s personal appearances as well as Phyllis Diller, Joan Rivers, and other entertainers.

Ms. Bolton has received numerous awards and nominations throughout her career including an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Music and Lyrics, and a Writers’ Guild Award and nomination for Bob Hope – The First Ninety Years. Her book Dear BobBob Hope’s Wartime Correspondence with the GIs of WW2 received Golden Scrolls Memoir of the Year, Memoir of the Year, Selah Awards, Christian Market Book of the Year and Grand Prize in the Military and Front-Line Chanticleer Book Awards.

Product Details

  • Hard Cover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi (March 2, 2021)
  • Language: English
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.54 pounds

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