They grew up in the rough-and-tumble ethnic neighborhoods of Chicago, speaking Italian at home, learning English at school and hanging out with friends of all backgrounds. Then war came along and turned their world upside down. Through in-depth interviews and rare archival material, "5,000 Miles From Home" tells the riveting tale of how an entire generation of Chicago-area Italian boys became American men in the crucible of World War II. When you trade pasta and stickball for k-rations and an M1 rifle, something's got to give.
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