Waging War on the Home Front: An Illustrated Memoir of World War II

Chauncey Del French, edited by Lois Leonard and Ted Van Arsdol
$24.95 paperback

Chauncey French and his wife, Jessie, were among the hundreds of thousands of workers recruited by Henry Kaiser under the U.S. Maritime Commission for the nation's wartime emergency shipbuilding program. The memoir that French began while working as a pipe fitter in the Kaiser shipyard in Vancouver, Washington, provides a first-hand account of the sometimes tense and often humorous intermingling of people — including women and African Americans in unprecedented numbers — from different backgrounds who learned to work together for a common cause. The editors have selected and annotated more than 150 illustrations that capture the human drama, teamwork, and camaraderie that made the incredible level of production at the shipyards possible.