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Their Last Battle: The Fight For The National World War II Memorial

3 Ratings: 1.0
2004 non-fiction book

Description On Memorial Day weekend in 2004, the National World War II Memorial on the Mall in Washington will officially open to the public. What began as a casual conversation between a Congresswoman and one of her constituents in 1987 grew into a … see full wiki

Author: Nicolaus Mills
Publisher: Basic Books
Date Published: May 4, 2004
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The 17 year struggle to build the World War II Memorial.

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In "Their Last Battle:  The Fight For The National World War II Memorial" author Nicolaus Mills discusses the seemingly endless struggle to build a National World War II Memorial on the Mall in Washington D.C.  The fact of the matter is it took nearly 17 years to get the job done.  What was all the fuss about and who could possibly object to building such a memorial to honor the accomplishments of the so-called "Greatest Generation"?   In order to fully appreciate the issues involved here one must fully understand the history of the Mall in our Nation's Capitol.  Furthermore, one needs to be familiar with the history of monuments in this country.  Mills does an admirable job getting the reader up to speed in both of these areas.
From there Mills takes us on a 17 year journey that commences at a fish fry just outside Toledo, Ohio in 1987 to the dedication in the Spring of 2004.  Mills introduces us to all of the important players in this odyssey from World War II veteran Roger Durbin who first proposed the idea to Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) and former Senator Bob Dole (R-KS) who were both very instrumental in bringing this project to fruition.  You'll learn about all of the various governmental agencies who would become involved.  Find out about the design competition and meet the eventual winner Friedrich St. Florian, former dean of the Rhode Island School of Design. A nd finally, you will discover who the opponents were. There were quite a few and at several key junctures it seemed as though the opposition just might carry the day.  I found "Their Last Battle: The Fight For The National World War II Memorial" to be an exceptionally well written book that managed to hold my interest from cover to cover.    Highly recommended! 
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