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Archives of Memory: A soldier recalls World War II

by Alice M. Hoffman and Howard S. Hoffman
He told his mother he was peeling potatoes miles from the front. In fact, he was helping to knock the Germans back step by step through Europe as a mortar crewman and forward observer in the United States Army in Europe, 1944 and 1945. He went on to become a distinguished professor (now retired) and a painter, and author of hundreds of technical papers and several other books (see below). But back then he was just one of millions of young Americans who fought for freedom, truth, justice, and a ticket back home by way of Berlin.

This book tells the story of his experiences, from the hundreds of times he fired mortar rounds into German positions (one round going through his coat in the rush to get the shots off), to walking through a marked mine field in the Ardennes, seeing a guy near him get his foot blown nearly completely off by a "shoe mine" and thinking, "I wish it was me" (because he's going home alive), to calmly eating breakfast the morning after a brutal fight while mortally wounded Nazi soldiers whimper and die nearby, this is the gutsy, personal, utterly frank reminisces of a pawn in a global chess game of death.

This is actually two books in one: First it is the story of Private Howard S. Hoffman, S/N 13158418, combat service beginning in Italy, 1944 and ending in occupied Germany, 1945.

Second, it is a study in memory. The authors, Howard S. Hoffman and his wife of over 30 years, Alice M. Hoffman (a historian and former president of the Oral History Association, well-known to the United States labor movement) recorded the former's war experiences (which he seldom talked about after the war) from start to finish. Then they set the tapes aside for about four years, and then started over again and rerecorded the entire experience without referring back to their previous effort. This book compares the two descriptions for commonalities and variances and it compares them to the archives of the daily battle reports for Hoffman's combat unit. These reports had been written at the time the battles occurred, but not by him.

It is a landmark book for oral historians and those interested in memory, but will also fascinate anyone who is tired of the Hollywood hype about World War Two and wishes to explore the real men who fought in it, in their own words.

Excerpt: (while fighting in Germany)

This is not a book about glory, though Hoffman's hilarious capture of two German soldiers might qualify as a glorious moment, and certainly the remembrances of the bravery of his comrades provide touching reminders that for every soldier who earns a medal for bravery, there are probably 10 or even a 100 just as brave, who live and die completely unheralded. This is, in part, their book. This is not a book about strategic or tactical decisions. It's about the day-to-day life of perhaps America's most unsung hero -- the grunt.

Excerpt: (this incident occurred during the Battle of the Bulge)

This is not a book for the squeamish. Triggers do get pulled and the results are vividly described. It is for those seeking the truth about what it was like to fight the Nazi monster on the ground. It is about what it was like to come upon the fresh remnants of the Holocaust and wonder what sort of human you have been fighting against that could do these things. It is about a typical American boy who just happened to help save the world. This is no movie hero. He's my dad.

University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 0-8131-1718-6, Hardcover, 199 pages, 1991.

Zlata's Diary: A Child's Life in Sarajevo

by Zlata Filipovic (Translated with notes by Christina Pribichevich-Zoric)
Modern warfare almost invariably attacks the children most of all. Zlata Filipovic is a victim of war, a 13-year old girl who lived peacefully with her parents in Sarajevo until world events -- mostly inaction while murderous atrocities occurred -- caught up with her and turned her world inside out, destroying her neighborhood, killing her friends, and stealing her childhood.

Shocking, humorous, insightful, touching and incredibly well written. This book reminds us how terrible war is on everybody, especially the children. A must-read for everyone.

I recently asked someone who is now about the age Zlata was when she wrote her diary if she had seen the book. "I've read it twice" she said. This book is a powerful condemnation of all war.

If Zlata's house had been hit by any of the thousands of shells that fell randomly all over Sarajevo, we would not have this book. If there had been no war, we would not have this book. If Zlata did not keep within her a basic trust in journalists trying to do their duty to tell the world what was happening, we would not have this book. If grown men had not acted like children, we would not have this book. For the price of Zlata's childhood, and hundreds of thousands of lives, and millions of other stolen childhoods and stolen lives, we have this book. Treasure it, for the price you may pay to read it shall be cheap compared to the price this child has paid to write it.

Viking Press. ISBN 0-1402-4205-8 Paperback Reprint Edition. 200 pages, 1994.

The Penguin Book of Historic Speeches

Edited by Brian MacArthur
Over one hundred historic speeches from throughout history. Brian MacArthur has chosen well which speeches and excerpts of speeches to represent each person and their times. To edit these speeches into a 500+ page tome must have seemed an impossible task: Our task is much simpler: We only need to reap the reward of his effort.

This book is the perfect reading material for overseas travel (I purchased my original copy at Heathrow Airport in London), or to leave in the car, or perhaps even the john, who knows -- maybe even the kitchen for when you are making three-minute eggs! Each speech or excerpt of a speech is only three to at most maybe 10 pages, which allows the user to pick and choose according to how many minutes they need to wait. This book should be in every Doctor's office!

I recommend jotting down the date you read each speech in the book's own Table of Contents, (providing you own the copy, of course!), and savoring the book over a period of years -- whenever you have a minute, add another historic (and usually great, but sometimes just important) speech to your personal knowledge base.

The only downside to this book is that it will make you despise modern politics, where eloquence has become a forced art made specifically for nightly news sound bites of 5 seconds or less. In this book, thankfully, the Gettysburg Address is still, as it belongs, one of the shortest speeches if not the shortest, at just over half a page.

Penguin USA. ISBN 0-1401-7619-5. Paperback, 528 pages, Reprint edition 1997.

Things That Make Us Smart:Defending Human Attributes in the Age of the Machine

by Donald Norman
Donald A. Norman has got it right: It's all about people. The machines are just tools to make each of us smarter, faster, more efficient, and better able to communicate ideas to each other. Now if only more people would listen!

Norman does not denounce technology at all. Rather he champions improvements in its use, to make human interaction more pleasant, more efficient and more meaningful.

Other of Donald Norman's classic books include:

Penguin USA. ISBN 0-2016-2695-0. Paperback, 290 pages, Reprint edition 1994.

Downsize This! Random Threats from an Unarmed American

by Michael Moore
Michael Moore is as good a proof as any that America does not need an armed revolution at this time. (Some countries do.) Moore stands out as a voice of calm, unashamed reasonableness. Even when he's outrageous, he's (usually) right. Moore is the creator of TV NATION and Roger and Me.

HarperPerennial. ISBN 0-51-77073-9. Copyright 1997.

The New York Public Library Science Desk Reference

Patricia Barnes-Svarney, Editorial Director
This is the book to have when you need to sound like you know what you're talking about. It is the single most useful general scientific desk reference the webmaster has found and is always kept within easy reach while writing or on the phone. It doesn't contain Babe Ruth's batting average in 1927, but if sometimes you can't quite remember what Newton's third Law of Motion is, this is the source for the right answer! (It was law of Conservation of Momentum, to go along with the Law of Inertia and the Law of Constant Acceleration (see page 275).)

Macmillan. ISBN 0-0286-0403-2 Hardcover, 668 Pages, 1995

Vital Circuits:On Pumps, Pipes, and the Workings of Circulatory Systems

by Steven Vogel
A wonderful book. For understanding not just living organism's circulatory systems (especially our own), but also the basic principals of fluid transfer in all systems of pipes, pumps and vessels, be they human, plant, animal or machine. The webmaster has found no more delightfully written or thoroughly understandable book than this one. It is a classic text for all ages which you will find very hard to put down. The webmaster wishes he had had this book prior to programming the human heart software tutorial and was glad to have been able to read it while working on his mechanical pumps software tutorial.

Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-1950-8269-9 Paperback, Reprint edition, 1993

Pump Handbook

by Igor J. Karassik et al
The most complete book on pump technology known to the webmaster, this book was an invaluable resource in the creation of the webmaster's ALL ABOUT PUMPS software tutorial.

McGraw-Hill. ISBN 0-0703-3302-5 Hardcover, 1000+ Pages, 1986

Radiation and Human Health:

A comprehensive investigation of the evidence relating low-level radiation to cancer and other diseases
by Dr. John W. Gofman
The landmark work in its field. Contains complete charts you can use to determine the potential health effects of common X-ray exams, and discusses how these data were obtained. Other books by Dr. Gofman include:

Sierra Club Books. ISBN 0-8715-6275-8. Hardcover, 908 pages, 1981.

Chernobyl:The Forbidden Truth

by Alla Yaroshinskaya. Foreword by Dr. John W. Gofman
There are wildly varying values on how many people were effected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Russia. This book explains some of the reasons why nobody knows what really happened. Everything from gross negligence to dereliction of duty to intentional misrepresentation of the facts, to silence.

The foreword by eminent nuclear physicist and medical doctor John W. Gofman presents suggestions for methodologies which, had they been followed, might have helped provide the world with some reliable data on the actual size of the largest non-military nuclear disaster in history (so far).

(Dr. Gofman is a co-discoverer of Uranium 233, and isolated the first "working quantities" of plutonium at the personal request of J. Robert Oppenhiemer for the Manhattan Project. Without these precious few milligrams of stardust, there would have been no bomb, and no early end to the bloody Pacific Campaign of World War II. In addition, noted nuclear physicist and Nobel Laureate Glenn Seaborg has referred to Dr. Gofman's contribution to the nuclear power industry as being worth "hundreds of trillions of dollars". Dr. Gofman is also a noted physician specializing in the health effects of nuclear radiation.)

University of Nebraska, Publisher. ISBN 0-8032-9910-9. Paperback, 135 pages, 1995.

Bringing The War Home

by William Thomas
By now, nearly everyone agrees that the Allied combatants who took part in Desert Storm came back with something more than sand in their shoes. This book explores the cover-up that went on and continues to go on regarding Iraqi chemical weapons. It also delves into the causes of "Gulf War Syndrome" and -- happily -- concludes with important information needed by anyone who thinks they or a loved one might be suffering from this strange affliction.

Earthpulse Press. ISBN 1-890693-24-3 Paperback, 436 pages, 1998.

The Wrong Stuff: The Space Program's Nuclear Threat to Our Planet

by Karl Grossman
Ever since Russia shocked America with its launch of Sputnik, the American space program has considered itself too important to need to concern itself with ecological damage from its efforts. This resulted in the incredibly insane 1997 launch of Cassini with some 60 pounds of Plutonium 238 (hundreds of billions of potentially lethal doses). But that is not the worst nightmare our flawed space program has given the world: NASA, and the U.S. Military-industrial complex have decided that nukes in space as a precursor to weapons of mass destruction in space are a "must have", and they will stop at nothing to get their wish. Regardless of the lies needed to accomplish this goal, regardless of the consequences to the environment, and regardless of the cost. This book exposes the crimes and coverups which have occurred, and continue to occur, in the misguided name of science and the "peaceful exploration of space". Very well referenced.

Common Courage Press. ISBN 1-56751-125-2 Paperback, 272 pages, 1997.


The authors of the following books are all related to the webmaster of this web site!

DB2/400 Design Concepts: Referential Integrity and Triggers

by Sharon L. Hoffman

The IBM AS/400 is the best-selling minicomputer ever and is used, in one capacity or another, by more than 90% of the Fortune 100 companies. One of the great strengths of the AS/400 is its built-in database, DB2/400. Referential Integrity and Triggers are powerful features of DB2/400 that programmers can use to improve database integrity and reduce redundant code. This book answers these key questions about the DB2/400 implementation of referential integrity and triggers: the database system for the IBM AS/400.

Midrange Computing, ISBN 1-883884-29-2 Copyright 1996.

Love and Limerence: The Experience of Being in Love

by Dorothy Tennov
Have you ever fallen in love? Or was it just lust? This book describes the feeling of "being in love" in "clinical terms" which may sound like a bad idea, but it actually has worked the other way for thousands of people who have felt the pain of unrequited desire -- you are not alone!

This book describes the differences between "love" and "limerence", a term coined by Dr. Dorothy Tennov when she realized that what many of the people who thought they were in love were feeling, wasn't love at all! This book is for everyone who has felt a desire for someone they could not have.

Stein and Day, Publishers. ISBN 0-8128-6134-5 Copyright 1979.

The Cruikshank Chronicles: Anecdotes, Stories, and Memoirs of a New Deal Liberal

Edited by Alice M. Hoffman and Howard S. Hoffman. Forward by Jimmy Carter & Rosalynn Carter.
Nelson Cruikshank was a government bureaucrat in the finest sense of the words, a personal advisor to President Jimmy Carter and before that, he helped to put the New Deal into action. This book of stories will delight and entertain anyone who enjoys frank remembrances of American Politics in the middle half of the 20th century.

Archon Books. ISBN 0-208-02250-3 Hardcover, 200 pages, 1989.

Amorous Turkeys and Addicted Ducklings: A Search for the Causes of Social Attachment

by Howard S. Hoffman
History does not often record the day-to-day life of its subjects, usually concentrating instead on the grand events. This book describes 15 years of experimental and theoretical investigation of the primary social bond. It is also a look back at the activity of scientific investigation by a veteran of over 40 years of behavioral research.

Click here for more information about this book including a listing of chapter titles.

Authors Cooperative, Inc., Publishers. ISBN 0-9623311-7-1 Paperback, 194 pages, 1994.

Statistics Explained: A Computer-Assisted Guide to the Logic of Statistical Reasoning

by Howard S. Hoffman
This book is currently be re-written into a CD-ROM-based educational tutorial by the original author and his son, Russell D. Hoffman. Expected release date is 1999.

University Press of America, Publishers. ISBN 0-8191-4894-6 Hardcover, 1986. Currently out of print. alternate listing at

Psychotherapy: The Hazardous Cure

by Dr. Dorothy Tennov
Ahead of its time by decades, this is a severe criticism of psychotherapy, which brought the author intense condemnation for speaking out against the arrogance and destructiveness of a practice now being recognized as generally ineffective and often harmful. This book exposes the weak underbelly of psychotherapy. "Anyone who wants to know what psychotherapy is really about absolutely must read it. From works written by the psychotherapists themselves, [Dr. Tennov] gives us a new image of it, surprising, often unsettling, which concerns us all." -- Simone De Beauvoir.

Abelard-Schuman. ISBN 0-200-04028-6 Copyright 1975. Currently out of print. alternate listing at

SuperSelf: A Woman's Guide to Self-Management

by Dorothy Tennov
Over the course of the day, your intellectual capacity changes. If you learn to work with these changes and match your tasks to the level available at the moment, you can increase your productivity and reduce the feeling that you aren't doing as much as you could.

ISBN 0-3081-0273-8 Copyright 1977. Currently out of print. alternate listing at

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