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Elaine Pinkerton

Elaine Pinkerton
From Calcutta With Love:
The World War II Letters of Richard and Reva Beard


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About the Author

Elaine Pinkerton is the daughter of Richard and Reva Beard, whose epic correspondence she collected and edited for the book, From Calcutta with Love. She is also the author of The Santa Fe Trail by Bicycle and Santa Fe on Foot. She has published features in Family Circle, New Mexico Magazine, Runner's World, Frontier, Western World, and On the Run. Elaine lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with her husband, Robert.

About the Book

The saga of China-Burma-India (CBI) -- World War II's forgotten theater -- is as heroic as it is seldom told. CBI ground troops were charged with the Herculean task of carving a road from India to China, and the treacherous flight pattern over the Himalayas, crucial to supplying the Allied effort, was a virtual suicide mission. Pilots who "flew the Hump" braved violent monsoon rains and deadly wind shifts.

Richard Beard, an Army psychologist assigned to the 142nd General Hospital in Calcutta, dealt daily with emotional trauma. While American and British soldiers hacked their way through dense tropical forests to build a supply route, Beard immersed himself in the internal jungles of those he treated. A pillar to the men he served, Beard was an astute listener and observer, pleased to be playing his part.

His own pillar was his wife, Reva, half a world away in Findlay, Ohio. In daily letters to Reva, he poured out not only his own longing and passions but also the unfolding drama of war in painfully exquisite detail tempered with tenderness and humor.

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