Behind the Lines

Powerful and Revealing American and Foreign War Letters and One Man's Search to Find Them

Behind the Lines

For three years Andrew Carroll traveled throughout the United States and around the world to seek out the most powerful and unforgettable letters ever written during US wars.
Behind the Lines is the result of that extraordinary trip and represents the first audiobook of its kind: a dramatic, intimate, and revealing look at warfare as seen through the personal correspondence of US and foreign troops and civilians who have experienced major conflicts firsthand. From handwritten missives penned during the American Revolution to e-mails from Afghanistan and Iraq, Behind the Lines captures the full spectrum of emotions expressed in times of war.
Like Carroll's phenomenal national bestseller War Letters, Behind the Lines is part of a larger effort to preserve correspondence that is riveting, insightful, and historically significant. This audiobook is also about Carroll's journey across the globe to visit the fields of battle where so many of these letters were written, meet with veterans and active duty troops who generously agreed to share their private correspondence, and speak with the family members who have lost their loved ones to combat.
Behind the Lines is a tribute to those who have fought for freedom, as well as a lasting reminder to present and future generations of the true nature of warfare and the sacrifices it demands of individuals, families, and entire nations.
  • Simon & Schuster Audio | 
  • ISBN 9780743551984 | 
  • May 2005
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Powerful and Revealing American and Foreign War Letters -- and One Man's Search to Find Them

by Andrew Carroll
"The Mission ContinuesŠ" Tour
Andrew Carroll is embarking on a 50-state book tour to talk about Behind the Lines and his larger mission to seek out and preserve war letters and e-mails for posterity. Please visit Carroll's website,, for more information about his national tour and to see if he is coming to a city near you. If so, we encourage you to bring your book club to the event, as Carroll would very much like to meet your group, offer insights into Behind the Lines, and share stories (and travel tips) from his journey to 35 countries around the world in search of the extraordinary letters he selected for the book.
"Behind the Lines" Discussion Questions:
1. Andrew Carroll's last book, War Letters, features wartime correspondence only by Americans, while Behind the Lines includes letters by both US and foreign troops and civilians. In the introduction to the new book, Carroll says that American veterans encouraged him to seek out foreign war letters. Does it surprise you that they asked him to do this? Why do you think these veterans wanted him to include letters by soldiers and civilians from other countries who have fought either with or against the United States?
2. Behind the Lines begins with a first-person account of C see more

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