Miss You
The World War II Letters of Barbara Wooddall Taylor and Charles E. Taylor

Judy Barrett Litoff and David C. Smith
Barbara Wooddall Taylor and Charles E. Taylor 

A young couple's correspondence across the frontlines and the home front


“In Fairburn, Georgia, when I was growing up, everyone knew them simply as CharlieandBarbara, one word—for they seemed almost uncannily close, a single unit of harmony, two parts of a whole. Now everyone who reads this extraordinary document of love in a time of war will feel the power of that closeness. Miss You is the quintessential American chronicle, as substantial and rich and enduring as the Southern earth. Read and cherish it—there are none of us who wouldn’t have chosen for ourselves such a love as this.”
—Anne Rivers Siddons

“A volume that offers extraordinary insight into the daily experiences of Americans at war.”
Georgia Historical Quarterly

“Their great love—the connecting theme of this wonderful book—is something so rare it is both beautiful and ennobling.”
Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

"It is the insight gained by reading these letters that make this book exceptional. . . . By the book's close, the reader has gained an intimate and truthful understanding of wartime psyche and feels deeply how crucial these letters were to those they were comforting."
—Hannah M. Jocelyn, Southern Historian

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During World War II, the millions of letters American servicemen exchanged with their wives and sweethearts were a lifeline, a vital way of sustaining morale on both fronts. Intimate and poignant, Miss You offers a rich selection from the correspondence of one such couple, revealing their longings, affection, hopes, and fears and affording a privileged look at how ordinary people lived through the upheavals of the last century’s greatest conflict.

Page count: 400 pp.
50 b&w photos
Trim size: 6 x 9


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Judy Barrett Litoff is a professor of history at Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island. David C. Smith was A. and A. Bird Professor of History at the University of Maine at Orono. Lieutenant Colonel Charles E. Taylor retired from the U.S. Army after thirty-one years of service. He and Barbara Wooddall Taylor lived the rest of their lives in Florida.