A look at America’s WWII homefront programs, including some that might be needed or useful in the next global war. Asks whether 21st Century Americans can make the adjustments and sacrifices necessary for a similar effort. Seven pages of WWII home front photos.

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“thought provoking”

Five Star Review on Amazon By Gary

I thought Trosclair’s point about the difference between the psychology of this county as it now stands and what it was like in the early 40s is not only interesting, but also provocative. He describes how most people were willing to make sacrifices for the greater good at time and questions whether folks would be willing to do that now. He’s able to conjure up the feeling of that period, with both personal stories and statistics. He seems to feel that there is a fair chance that we’ll be faced with another global war, and uses the book to show what we would need to do to rise to the occasion again. I found it interesting to also read the book from the point of view of an environmentalist: we are already in that war, with global warming and other environmental problems, but are we willing to do what we need to do to win?

About the Author

Carroll Trosclair is a retired news editor and public relations executive who grew up in Houma, Louisiana. When he was 11, his family moved to New Orleans a few weeks before the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. He has had a keen interest in World War II since his family gathered in their New Orleans apartment to hear radio reports of the attack and President Roosevelt delivered his “day of infamy” speech to Congress the next day.

He was still 15 when the war ended in 1945, so he did not serve during WWII, as his father did. Trosclair was later drafted for the Korean War, but was assigned to the United States occupation of Germany, where American and Russian troops were keeping a close eye on each other while their allies fought in Korea. He was stationed in Vilseck at the Seventh Army Tank Training Center.

Upon returning to the United States he resumed his career as a newsman at the New Orleans States, a now defunct afternoon newspaper. Having earned a journalism degree from Loyola University in New Orleans, he used his GI Bill to get a masters degree in public opinion and propaganda from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.

In the following years he served as New Orleans bureau manager for United Press International, as press secretary to U.S. Senator Allen J. Ellender (then president pro-tem of the Senate), as vice president of the Federal Intermediate Credit Bank of New Orleans and as president of two public relations agencies.

He and his first wife, Genevieve Negrotto Trosclair, had three children (Thomas, Mary Lynne Murphy and Gary). She died of cancer in 1994. He later married Betty Brooks Rombach, a long-time friend of the family. They have lived in Kenner, Louisiana since 1997.

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