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"Those of us who read [All Came Home] really enjoyed Paul's approach to telling Joe McDevitt's story. We have been reading books about battles in the Pacific but they focused on logistics and statistics. All Came Home brought a human aspect to the war. It provided insight into what a young naval officer was thinking and feeling; his concerns for his aunt and his young wife, soon to be the mother of his child. As good as the book was, Paul's presentation to the group was even better. He surprised us with 8 guests who were children of the men who served with Joe McDevitt, making the afternoon program even more personal and interesting. I would definitely recommend reading All Came Home and, if at all possible, inviting Paul McDevitt to share his father's story with others."—Margaret Sgritta, Coordinator, World War II Book Club, The Villages, FL

“I thoroughly enjoyed the 'All Came Home' book talk and signing Paul McDevitt presented for the R. H. Johnson Library in Sun City West, and I received so many nice comments from the people who attended. His style was clear, energetic, and engaging and the depth of his research became evident as he spoke. I would gladly recommend his book and his program to other librarians.“ —Jane Kauzlaric, Library Director | R.H. Johnson Library, Sun City West, AZ

“Paul was a pleasure to work with. He is highly organized, a great speaker, and his enthusiasm for his topic is apparent. His presentation is professional and straightforward. Our patrons found him personable and his presentation fascinating. I highly recommend this program for any library or groups interested in military history.” —Hillary Peppers, Adult Services Librarian | Jacksonville Public Library, Jacksonville, IL

"Paul McDevitt is a fantastic speaker and presents his book All Came Home very well. McDevitt speaks clearly about the events leading up to his book and gives background to how it was created. His use of pictures and maps during his presentation is engaging and helps the audience better understand the subject matter. McDevitt is appealing and easy to talk to. His very sensible manner makes it easy for audience members to ask questions and share similar stories. Planning, scheduling and coordinating with Paul McDevitt was easy and a very positive experience. I recommend him to anyone interested in storytelling, books, writing, family or WWII." —Wendy School, Adult Program Coordinator | Carbondale Public Library, Carbondale, IL

"All Came Home is an engaging memoir written by a son - chronicling the experiences of his father prior to, during, and after WWII on the U.S. Navy Amphibious Transport USS Leon, APA 48. The book is written in a very down to earth style, is well researched, and includes many photos. A gem of a book that truly gives one a feel for 'the way it was' during WWII, and the many trials and tribulations faced in that era."—Tiffany Proctor, Cultural Arts and Events Manager | Goodwin House Bailey's Crossroads, Falls Church, VA

"Members of the Ashland Woman's Club and the community at large (mostly veterans) were treated to a presentation by UIS Professor Paul McDevitt. McDevitt described the process by which he wrote 'All Came Home.' His narrative was so enjoyed by those in attendance that, when he finished, everyone remained still...waiting for and wanting to hear more. He then ended with, 'Thank you,' which was greeted with enthusiastic applause.." —Sandy Jurgens, 1st Vice President | Ashland Woman's Club, Ashland, IL

"Gloria Dei Lutheran Church was pleased to host Paul McDevitt for a book presentation entitled 'Saving History One Story At A Time: All Came Home.' It was very informative, and guests from our congregation and the community attended. As a WWII history buff, I learned some new things about the training done on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. Thank you, Paul, for a wonderful presentation and dialogue." —Rev. Rosemary Wheeler Backer | Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Holmes Beach, FL

"McDevitt presents an engrossing public lecture. The book is even better!"—Robert P. Grathwol

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