Book giveaway project needs sponsor
YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — Andrew Carroll would like to see every soldier in South Korea with a copy of Sun Tzu’s “Art of War” or the recent New York Times bestseller “Medal of Honor” by Allen Mikaelian.
Carroll — who edited “War Letters,” a widely praised compilation of more than 200 letters from regular soldiers fighting America’s overseas wars — has worked with other volunteers since 1999 to put classic novels in the hands of servicemembers.
About 1,000 books have been distributed in South Korea to soldiers, said Carroll, who is looking for sponsors to finance more giveaways for the 37,000 servicemembers here.
“We are basically waiting for another sponsor,” Carroll said. “We could give out half a million books tomorrow. The demand is there.”
His organization, called The Legacy Project, has revived “Armed Services Editions,” books specially designed for overseas servicemembers first published in 1943. By 1947, when the program ended, more than 123 million copies had been distributed.
Carroll is seeking letters or e-mails from servicemembers in Korea now, documenting their experiences here to their family or friends. No letter would be reprinted without the permission of the author, Carroll said.