Genre: History, Adult Non-Fiction
Rating: 5 out of 5
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.
Buy the Book from… Amazon.com
So I am going to admit – history is so not my thing so when it comes to wars, dates of wars, what it was, who it was, etc.; I have zero clue. It’s not my thing. I have never been a fan of history and frankly, am not a firm believer of history. But I regress, that is a whole different post.
Oddly enough, I was quite intrigued with the book title and description and jumped in quite eager to read. If I could have managed to stay awake, I would have finished the book in one sitting, but alas, I fell asleep with the Kindle on my face.
It was slightly confusing due to changing people and dates. There were times that we would be ahead on one date and then be introduced to a new person and it was a new time, sometimes a time in the past. So it wasn’t necessarily a chronological order (which is confusing for a the history impaired like myself.)
I would be lying if I didn’t say there were quite a few triggers for my anxiety. One of my biggest triggers is finances so when I started the book in the Great Depression, it took me a little bit to calm myself and remove myself from the irrational thoughts. Once calm though, I dove right back in and kept reading.
I have already told my husband he will need to read this next because this book is right up his alley and I am sure he will love it as much as I do!
About the Author
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.