Inman’s War

Inman's War: A Soldier's Story of Life in a Colored Battalion in WWII by Jeffrey CopelandInman’s War: A Soldier’s Story of Life in a Colored Battalion in WWII
Paragon House, 2006
ISBN: 1-55778-860-X

Individual, personal accounts of life and service in what were called the “Colored Battalions” are almost non-existent. Those who served in these battalions were unsung heroes of the Allies’ fight for freedom and rights for all, yet they were often sacrificed along the way to attaining those goals. At long last, their story is told.

Listen to an interview with me on National Public Radio (KWMU) talking about the book.

Read an in-depth article about Inman’s War in the ALAN Review Magazine.

Nominated for:
Boston Globe-Horn Book Award
Jefferson Cup Award
Carter G. Woodson Award
Orbis Pictus Award
American Library Association’s Notable Books List

“Jeffrey Copeland discovered hidden treasure when he found a suitcase full of letters written during WWII. Inman’s War, which is based on those letters, is a wonderful read, filled with laughter, tears, anger, love, and friendship.”—Sally Walker, author of Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland.

Inman’s War offers an intensely personal look at individual valor and suffering, and allows lay readers and historians alike to appreciate the contribution of ‘colored battalions’ not only to the war effort, but to the improved egalitarianism of American Culture. Highly recommended reading.”—The Midwest Book Review.

“The underlying theme of this book is The War, and this is a marvelous look at one small, vital facet of it all. For all school
and public libraries.”—KLIATT.