Home Front

A Memoir from WWII

Non-Fiction - Memoir
288 Pages
Reviewed on 06/30/2018
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Author Biography

C. D. “Pete” Peterson was born and raised on a family dairy farm in New England. An engaging narrator, he is among the last who can write from personal experience about the scarcity of the depression, the fear, sacrifices, and patriotism during World War II and the exuberance in that brief, post-war period when we felt safe and when the middle class was born

Growing up during the war inspired him to become a Naval aviator. He saw flight service during the Cuban Crisis.

After the service, his business career included many years with International Paper Company and then with Danbury Hospital from where he retired

Prior to writing Home Front, he has written five books on business subjects and a full scale history of Danbury Hospital. He has also written several pieces about fly fishing, a published poem and an award-winning song.

He lives in Connecticut with his wife of more than 50 years. He is the proud father of three interesting children.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite

We read a lot of war memoirs from those who have been at the front, but what happens to those left behind? In Home Front: A Memoir from WWII, C.D. Peterson chronicles life in a rural community just before, during, and after the war, following the compelling voice of Douglas, a young boy growing up on a farm. The earliest memories the narrator has are from December 7th, 1941, and while being introduced to names like Hitler, Roosevelt, and getting to know places like Iwo Jima and Monte Cassino, there was a camaraderie and bonding shared because of the common threat of war. Some children saw their fathers go off to fight; others saw their mothers working in factories. This memoir documents the atmosphere during this time and captures the soul of a people and how life would change drastically after the war.

C.D. Peterson is a terrific writer and readers will undoubtedly enjoy the beautiful and compelling voice of the narrator. Told in the first-person narrative, Home Front captures the sentiments of people, the fears and hopes of those left behind and how WWII changed a family forever. The writing is cinematic and clear, featuring unique phraseology. The setting comes out beautifully in the narrative and readers can situate themselves in a rural community with little technology and no cellphones. Home Front: A Memoir from WWII allows readers to understand and touch the soul of a people during the painful time of war. It is a mesmerizing story in the hands of a master.

Bob Wilson

Brought back so many memories of the war and post war years.

Well written and engaging from start to finish.

Would make a great movie


In addition to the author's own touching story, Home Front contains an addendum of 35 short pieces from others from all over the country about their war time home front experiences.

The Silent Generation...

The silent generation is no longer silent - highly recommend reading this book, as a child of the 70s it was a fascinating read. My 14 year old read the book, and was completely blown away by how different life was for her grandparents/great grandparents generations. It's a lot different when you read the words of someone who lived it, opened up whole conversation with her grandparents!