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Taken by Force: Rape and American GIs in Europe during World War II (Hardback)
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Taken by Force: Rape and American GIs in Europe during World War II (Hardback)

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Hardback 235 Pages / Published: 07/06/2007
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Wartime rape has fascinated the public and various commentators for centuries yet few in-depth examinations of the subject exist. The offenders here are US soldiers from World War II - the 'greatest generation ever.' Highly readable and impeccably documented, this book focuses not only on information found in once-confidential official documents, but allows the reader to hear the voices of the accused and their victims. Behind-the-scenes legal battles over which soldiers should receive the death penalty while others went to prison, and what the public saw as unfair military justice conclude this extraordinary study of wartime rape.

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9780230506473
Number of pages: 235
Weight: 490 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 19 mm


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'In an era of continuing militarism, J. Robert Lilly illuminates that even noble wars have disquieting collateral consequences. By masterfully mixing probing insight with hard data, he teaches us that historical amnesia is the pathway to a misguided, rather than an informed and healthy, patriotism. He also illuminates yet another domain in which racial injustice the core American dilemma has exerted its pernicious influence. Taken by Force thus is a book of many lessons a volume that should grace the shelves of serious scholars of public affairs and that would be an enriching educational experience for our students.' - Francis T. Cullen, Distinguished Research Professor, University of Cincinnati

'A disturbing and brave book by a distinguished American criminologist. It lifts a painful lid on rape by American GIs in Europe during World War II. J. Robert Lilly asks troubling questions like why were most of the GIs executed for rape black? Why were there large numbers of executions of GIs for raping French and British women and girls, but none for raping Germans, when the German rapes tended to be more bestial? Those of us who hold the World War II generation in such affection, who had fathers who fought so bravely in it for just cause, may want to look the other way. But Taken by Force is a tour de force we must look at. Hundreds of thousands of German women and girls were raped in World War II, much more by Russian than American troops. They, and countless others from Japan to China to France, are forgotten victims of World War II, whose memory this book finally honors with serious research attention.' - John Braithwaite, Australian National University

'Lilly reveals a different side to the myth of the wholesome GI of World War II. This is a well-researched and courageous attempt to throw some light on an ugly underbelly that has remained unexamined for far too long. His harrowing descriptions of numerous rapes from official records make Taken By Force an uncomfortable read. Nevertheless, this is an important book, and one that deserves a far wider readership than just those with a scholarly interest.' - Lucy Popescu, Tribune

'Going against the trend of hagiography, this book reveals a harsher truth than many will wish to acknowledge, laid out in stark, cold, comfortless detail. Through painstaking analysis of military records, trial transcripts and interviews with soldiers, victims and their families, Lilly's work throws light on a previously overlooked consequence of the US Army's presence in Western Europe between 1942 and 1945: the rape of an estimated 14,000 civilian women.' - Jon Latimer, Times Literary Supplement

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