World War II

Life in a Jar

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Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project Cover Image
ISBN: 9780984111312
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Published: Long Trail Press - March 28th, 2011

Written by a Vermont pediatrician, this is about three Kansas students who uncover the story of Irena Sendler, a Polish Catholic social worker responsible for saving the lives of more than 2,500 Jewish children from extermination in the Warsaw Ghetto during WWII. A glorious example of how one person’s heroism can change the world! ~ Reviewed by Amy Palmer

The Deserters

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ISBN: 9780143125488
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Published: Penguin Books - May 27th, 2014

More than 150,000 British and American soldiers deserted during WWII but the subject gets little attention from most historians. This smoothly written work raises sobering and disturbing questions about the stress of continual combat and the limits of individual endurance. Who's a coward? Who's a casualty? ~ Reviewed by Bill Lewis


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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption Cover Image
ISBN: 9781400064168
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Published: Random House - November 16th, 2010

Author of Seabiscuit, Laura Hillenbrand seamlessly weaves the tale of Louis Zamperini. A juvenile delinquent turned Olympic track star, Zamperini enlists in the Army Air Corps as a bombardier. He must survive after he is stranded in the shark-filled Pacific and captured as a POW in Japan. If you liked Life of Pi or the film Rescue Dawn, you could enjoy Unbroken. ~ Reviewed by Bonnie Naumann

Those Angry Days

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Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America's Fight Over World War II, 1939-1941 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812982145
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - January 14th, 2014

In page-turning style (reminiscent of her Citizens of London) Lynne Olson captures the ferocity, the passion, and the no-holds-barred nature of the white hot debate between American isolationists vs. interventionists in the "war before the war". Unputdownable. ~ Reviewed by Bill Lewis

The Girls of Atomic City

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The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II Cover Image
ISBN: 9781451617535
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Published: Atria Books - March 11th, 2014

For tens of thousands of women who came to a brand-new, totally secret war production plant in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, the experience was unlike anything they could have imagined...because nothing like it in human history had ever been done before. Rosie the Riveter to the nth degree. ~ Reviewed by Bill Lewis

The Guns at Last Light

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The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945 (The Liberation Trilogy #3) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250037817
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Published: Picador - May 13th, 2014

The final volume in Atkinson's acclaimed trilogy is simply superb. The best military writing never forgets that even colossal campaigns represent innumerable individual experiences. The colossal scale of the war is brought home to the reader in spectacular fashion...and so is the tragic reality of immeasurable human suffering. Stirring, sobering, and memorable. HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION. ~ Reviewed by Bill Lewis


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