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The Whole Damned World.

The Whole Damned World

Dean Daniel B. Jett, author

Martha Shipman Andrews, editor

Rio Grande Books

925 Salamanca NW, Los Ranchos de ABQ, NM 87107-5647

9781890689384 $35.95 www.nmsantos.com

The Whole Damned World: New Mexico Aggies at War: 1941-1945 collects the World War II written correspondence between Daniel B. Jett, the Dean of Engineering at the New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts (later NMSU) from 1938 to 1947, and hundreds of his former students serving the nation overseas and stateside during the war effort. Daniel "Dad" Jett composed class newsletters in addition to writing scores of letters; his enthusiasm helped raise morale among soldiers and nurses, as well as those helping the school during difficult times. Many of the letters reveal nostalgia for college days, and hope for returning to the school after the close of the war. A handful of black-and-white photographs illustrate this revealing and emotionally moving correspondence collection.

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