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The Zookeeper's Wife

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The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393333060
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 17th, 2008

Jan and Antonina Zabinski were caretakers of the majestic Warsaw Zoo when Germany seized Poland in 1939. The story of their expertise and companionship to a vast menagerie of exotic animals makes for a fascinating read all by itself, but these same qualities were highly valued by the Nazis. The Zabinskis used this tenuous advantage and bravely risked everything to rescue several hundred Jews imprisoned at the Warsaw Ghetto. Ackerman's writing shines with great sensitivity and moves with a riveting pace. ~ Reviewed by Nancy Scheemaker


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The War: An Intimate History, 1941-1945 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375711183
Availability: Special Order
Published: Knopf - November 2nd, 2010

The War: An Intimate History, 1941-1945, the lavishly illustrated companion volume ($50.00, ) written by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns and DVD ($84.99) to the PBS documentary series represents the very personal experiences of soldiers and ordinary citizens from four towns. Many of the stories and photographs have never been published before. Every day as more WWII veterans pass away, we can thank Ken Burns for so exquisitely capturing their legacy.

The Longest Winter

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The Longest Winter: The Battle of the Bulge and the Epic Story of World War II's Most Decorated Platoon Cover Image
ISBN: 9780306814402
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Published: Da Capo Press - October 25th, 2005

This is the book we should have been assigned in high school in order that we understand something about the violence, fear, and confusion of actual combat. And how those factors bring about that elusive phenomenom called heroism. Alex Kershaw has already established himself as a historian with a unique capacity to recover both the tragedy and nobility of war. His unaffected prose, backed by impressive research, and a determined focus on the fate of ordniary individuals was wonderfully evident in his best-selling THE BEDFORD BOYS and is repeated here in THE LONGEST WINTER. Both titles are eloquent and powerful statements to the effect that wars are fought by regular folks thrown into situations that can produce behaviour ranging from the ridiculous to the sublime. And occasionally heroic. ~ Reviewed by Bill Lewis

Brothers In Arms

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Brothers in Arms: The Epic Story of the 761st Tank Battalion, WWII's Forgotten Heroes Cover Image
ISBN: 9780767909136
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Published: Crown - May 10th, 2005

This WWII third person narrative, written by six time NBA MVP Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, chronicles the 761st armored tank battalion. This "All Black" battalion spent 183 straight days in combat, suffering over 50% casualties. These brave men fought death, disease and racism, becoming one of Patton's best battalions of the Battle of the Bulge.


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Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege: 1942-1943 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780140284584
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Published: Penguin Books - May 1st, 1999

Math doesn't help. 5,000 per day for 6 straight months. Hitler really was quite stupid and Stalin was a killer. Biggest military battle ever. ~ Reviewed by Bill Lewis

Flags of Our Fathers

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ISBN: 9780553384154
Availability: Backordered
Published: Bantam - August 29th, 2006

The image of the American flag being raised on Iwo Jima is one of the most recognized moments in history. James Bradley, the son of one of the flag-raisers, has written a riveting account of the battle that lead up to that moment and of the six distinct men who hoisted the flag. Photographs, maps of the Japanese defenses on Iwo Jima and impecable research create a book with an incredible depth of interest. Equally interesting is the story that continued after the battle, how the flag-raisers' lives were altered, and in some instances shattered, by the attention given them. Anyone who reads this book, especially those with an interest in American or military history, or in the pschological aftermath of war, will find it exceptional.


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