In the early 1940s, America went to war – and so did The Great Gatsby. After learning the German forces were burning books abroad, outraged American librarians gathered 20 million donations to ship to our armed forces. After witnessing the success of the program, the War Department began shipping 120 million small, lightweight paperbacks overseas for soldiers. “When Books Went to War may be a slim read, but it packs a wallop. Whether or not you’re a book lover, you’ll be moved by the impeccably researched tale,” praises Entertainment Weekly.