Published June 23, 2015
This heartfelt tribute to World War II veterans is history that reads like fiction.
Follow a soldier who fought in Patton’s Third Army and who landed on Omaha Beach at 9 a.m. on D-Day; a female Army Air Forces nurse who made helping veterans her life’s work; a fighter pilot who flew with the African-American unit known as the Tuskegee Airmen and who was on one of the teams that won the first Top Gun meet after the war; a guard in a top-secret intelligence base outside of Washington, D.C. where top German weapons scientists were interrogated; a female aircraft mechanic who served in the Navy and is still active in veterans affairs seventy years later; a gunner on a B-17 heavy bomber who was shot down and spent fourteen months in German prison camps; an airman in General Curtis LeMay’s 20th Air Force, the unit that dropped the atomic bombs, and more.
Get to know some of the patriots who served in World War II.
I have always been interested in World War II. It is the era of my grandparents and my grandfather was part of D-Day. This is a great story. The first hand stories told by the people who experienced it came across as more fiction than non-fiction. What I mean by that is that you are not just reading a book of facts. There are stories, true stories, but stories all the same that read like a fiction book. As I finished each chapter I looked back at what that chapter was about and was amazed at all that I had learned. I am sure that it was hard for many of these soldiers to share the horrors, the defeats, and the successes that they had while fighting for our country yet because they did more people will be educated as to what happen in World War II.
Each chapter is another person’s story. While each chapter does not hinge on the chapter before it or the chapter following the flow of the story was magnificent. It was easy to think okay, 1 more chapter and then end of reading 3 or 4 more. Some of the locations were repeated but the stories were never repeated. I really enjoyed how at the end of the book each person’s story was tied up. You learned what became of the soldier and what awards they were given.
If you are a history buff or just want more knowledge of WWII this is definitely the book for you. I recommend it.
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The author is a graduate of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, B.A. (English Literature and Philosophy) and M.A. (Philosophy) and Harvard Law School, J.D. Her mother served in World War II in the U.S. Army, her father served in the U.S. Navy, her maternal uncle served in the war in the British Marines Commandos and fought in Normandy on D-Day, and another maternal uncle was killed in a training accident in Texas while serving in the U.S. Army. Her grandfather was wounded fighting for Britain in World War I.