So, back to the topic of reading! On Monday, a veteran of the Korean War came in looking for a book called Raid at Inchon: Left Behind the Lines by Katherine Jones. Borders had sent him over to us at Babbitt's because they didn't have it and noticed that it was offered used online. We looked on the shelves in our Military History aisle, the Korean War section, just in case, but no luck.
So I Googled Katherine Jones! I love Google! Anyhoo, I found a website for her, info on ordering that particular book directly from her, and info and a phone number for ordering through Author House. So I made that old soldier happy!
Then, later that day, an old soldier called me on the phone. "I'm looking for a book," he said. "Do you have time to hear my story?"
"OK," I said, and he told one! It was a story about being on a ship with other soldiers going back and forth to Pearl Harbor and then one day not being allowed on the upper decks. He said he then read the book The Revolt of Mamie Stover and figured out what was going on! They were transporting prostitutes! The book is actually a novel by William Bradford Huie, but it was based on Huie's wartime experiences, and is about a woman abused by Hollywood who turns into a war profiteer of this particular sort!
Well, this is a book we actually had, a Signet paperback mentioning the film version, but not the 1951 cover pictured at the Wikipedia article. You can see the whole cover, front and back, above! It used to sell for a few cents, but our glamorous well-read copy was now around $20, as a vintage edition. He definitely wanted to read it again, so we sent it off. And he didn't know about the film, which he can now also seek out! What old soldier wouldn't want to see a film set in Hawaii and starring Jane Russell?!
So I made another old soldier happy!