Review by Choice Review
During WW II, US military planners divided the world into three parts: the European Theater, the Pacific Theater, and the Zone of the Interior. Of the more than 11 million Army men and women still in uniform at war's end, at least half had seen no combat. Mostly overlooked, this "interior zone" has millions of voices. In this slim volume, Hoffman--who went on to become a notable poet, Poet Laureate of the US (1973-74), and a professor (now emer., Univ. of Pennsylvania)--speaks of editing, technical writing, bureaucratic warrens, rivalries among departments and senior officers, and his own personal development, offering humane and rich portraits of various personalities who crossed his path. The drama of combat is missing, but the work done by Hoffman and many others was just as crucial, if not more so, to keeping the war effort moving forward. Overall, Hoffman writes in a somewhat dry and removed style about the intricacies involved in crafting technical manuals and putting together staff who compiled important reference journals such as Technical Data Digest, which provided information crucial in keeping pilots flying functioning aircraft. This interesting work delves into a rarely explored aspect of WW II experiences. Recommended for extensive literature and history collections. B. Adler; Valdosta State University
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