World War II

An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943, Volume One of the Liberation Trilogy by Rick Atkinson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780805087246
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Published: Holt Paperbacks - May 15th, 2007

Goodbye, Hunger Games. Step aside Lord of the Rings. There’s a new trilogy in town. An Army at Dawn is the first entry in Rick Atkinson’s triad of books detailing America’s involvement in World War II, and though it is non-fiction, this work is packed with enough political intrigue and explosive twists to make Catching Fire quake in its boots. Atkinson brings the sights, sounds, and figures of the North African campaign to vivid life in this truly impressive work about a theater of war that has been unjustly ignored by most- myself included. If you have even a passing interest in history, I could not recommend this enough. ~ Reviewed by Patrick Molluso


Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War II by Robert Matzen - Book Review

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By Robert Matzen, Luca Dotti (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781732273535
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Published: GoodKnight Books - April 15th, 2019

My primary question before opening this book was how substantive it was actually going to be. I'm embarrassed to admit this now because Dutch Girl is nothing if not rich with history. To learn in depth of the Dutch people's colossal suffering during the war and how significant a battle ground The Netherlands became, most specifically as regards the areas of Velp and Arnhem where Audrey and her mother and grandparents resided, is a darkly meaningful experience. The famed book and movie "A Bridge Too Far" is based on the Allied/German battle for the bridge at Arnhem.
Audrey and her family were there in the thick of it, hunkered down in their basement, all but starving to death. Audrey's various efforts of assistance to her fellow citizens and the resistance during the war and the long term effect of Audrey's teen-year survival experience on her entire life including her life-long devotion to children's humanitarian causes and her subsequent death at an early age- there is so much here for Audrey fans and history buffs alike.
Like all great histories or biographies, Matzen's work, despite its potentially narrow focus, succeeds masterfully in shining a broad light on the human experience itself. Highly recommended. ~ Reviewed by Jon Fine


No Better Friend: One Man, One Dog, and Their Extraordinary Story of Courage and Survival in WWII by Robert Weintraub - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780316337052
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Published: Back Bay Books - June 7th, 2016

This book is beautiful in a way that only a true story can be, as it unites the gut-wrenching chaos of World War Two’s Pacific Theater with the innocence and joy offered by the best dog stories. This one will make you laugh, cry, and shout for joy all on the same page, as Judy the English pure-bred pointer faces the horrors of war with a brave face and a wagging tail. Chock full of action, drama, suspense, and heart, Judy’s story showcases humanity not only at its darkest points, but also at its most pure. If you have a dog, be prepared to pet it between every page. So dog lovers, history lovers, and book lovers unite! No Better Friend is just begging to be read. ~ Reviewed by Patrick Molluso


A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II by Sonia Purnell - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780735225299
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Published: Viking - April 9th, 2019

An amazing tale of the overlooked WWII heroine Virginia Hall, a young American in the service of the British SOE and later the American OSS under Wild Bill Donovan. Hall, at a time when women weren’t allowed on front line combat, almost single-handedly pioneered secret warfare deep in Nazi territory; recruiting spies, directing guerilla warfare and equipping the French Resistance. A marvelous, illuminating look at one facet of newly developing covert warfare and of the woman with a wooden leg, the “Madonna of the Mountains” who never gave up, even after betrayal and a harrowing escape over the Pyrenees. Mesmerizing! ~ Reviewed by Tambra Johnson Reap


Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich by Norman Ohler - Book Review

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By Norman Ohler, Shaun Whiteside (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781328915344
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Published: Mariner Books - March 6th, 2018

An astounding cocktail of drugs, including cocaine concoctions and a predecessor of crystal meth, were ingested by German soldiers, officers, and leaders through much of World War II. The deadliest addict was Hitler himself, whose dependency ravaged his body while Europe OD'd on war. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II by Svetlana Alexievich - Book Review

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By Svetlana Alexievich, Richard Pevear (Translated by), Larissa Volokhonsky (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780399588723
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Published: Random House - July 25th, 2017

Thousands of Soviet women fought for the Motherland in World War II, enduring atrocities that scarred them for life. Alexievich chronicles their brutal stories, and emerges with human, humane, and distinctly female voices valiantly seeking absolution for the harrowing sins of war. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


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