Molly Guptill Manning went from serving ice cream to acclaimed historian

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Molly Guptill Manning, a lawyer and author of the best-selling book, "When Books Went to War: The Stories that Helped Us Win World War II," recently spoke in the Nott Memorial.

Manning’s talk was part of the Common Curriculum Speaker Series.

Manning’s visit coincided with a new exhibit, “We Want Books! Books for the Troops in World War II,” in the Lally Reading Room in Schaffer Library. Curated by Andrew Morris, associate professor of history, the exhibit features books and artifacts from the most notable programs that aimed to provide reading material to U.S. troops during the war. These include the Victory Book Campaign, which sought donations of books for military libraries; the Armed Services Editions, an innovative publishing effort of pocket-sized paperbacks designed to fit in uniform pockets; and the U.S. Armed Forces Institute, which produced correspondence courses for servicemen across the globe.

The exhibit runs through December.

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