Over Here

How the G.I. Bill Transformed the American Dream

Inspiring war stories are familiar. But what about the after-the-war stories? Over Here is the Greatest Generation’s after-the-war story – vivid portraits of how the original GI Bill empowered an entire generation and reinvented the nation. The GI Bill opened college education to the masses, transformed America from a nation of renters into a nation of homeowners, and enabled an era of prosperity never before seen in the world. Doctors, teachers, engineers, researchers and Nobel Prize winners who had never considered college an option rewrote the American Dream thanks to this most visionary legislation. Published by Harcourt.

Long Beach Press Telegram: “A profound book… brilliant.”

Denver Post: “Poignant… The human dramas scattered throughout the narrative are irresistible.”

Los Angeles Times: “Humes’s rich tapestry is… deeply moving, alive with the thrill of people from modest backgrounds discovering that the opportunities available to them were far greater than anything they had dreamed of.”