Last night after work I went to the library. I was specifically looking for more information about D-Day and went to see what books they had. I found a couple and checked them out, hoping to get a better understanding of the events of that day.
By the doors the librarians maintain a stand of used books and magazines. Some come from the library and some are donated, but books are a dollar and magazines are 10 cents. On the shelves were 48 National Geographics, the earliest one was 1938, the latest in 1945. 10 cents apiece. I bought them all.
When I got home, I picked one at random. March 1945. Looked at the ads, read the articles. It isn’t just the subject matter, it’s the point of view. The writers were patriotic, servicemen were heroes, America was the greatest country in history, victory was coming.
I remember that country. I lived there when I was a boy.
History, history! We fools, what do we know or care?
–William Carlos Williams