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Andrew Carroll      

Director of The Legacy Project

When Andrew Carroll's home burned down and he lost all of his possessions, it was the loss of his personal letters that he found the most devastating.

Inspired by the irreplaceable loss of his most valued treasures, Carroll founded The Legacy Project. This national all-volunteer effort encourages Americans to seek out and preserve wartime correspondence as a testament to the power of the written word as historical narrative. The Legacy Project has received over 75,000 letters from every war in this nation's history, including emails from Afghanistan and Iraq. As director, Carroll volunteers his time to help generations better understand war and the sacrifices made by those who serve.

As editor of three New York Times bestsellers, including War Letters: Extraordinary Correspondence from American Wars, Carroll continues to pursue the preservation of the written word with missionary zeal. In keeping with The Legacy Project, War Letters is a lasting tribute to those who have fought for this country and a celebration of the enduring power and lyricism of personal letters. The inspiration for the critically acclaimed PBS documentary War Letters, the book serves as a powerful reminder of the human cost of war. His other books include Behind the Lines, which shares letters from not only American troops but from soldiers and civilians from countries all over the world, and his latest, Here Is Where: Discovering America's Great Forgotten History.

Featured on NPR, Good Morning America, The Today Show, CBS Sunday Morning, Nightline, and Oprah, Andrew Carroll has taken his desire to preserve American history and placed it right in the forefront of the nation's wartime dialogue.

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Here Is Where: Discovering America's Great Forgotten History

War Letters: Extraordinary Correspondence from American Wars


War-letter collector andrew carroll donating his trove for preservation ...

A collector of the words troops send home works with a university to build a center for preservation and study.

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