As those who follow this blog know that I love books about the military, fiction and non-fiction. In honor of Veterans Day I thought I’d post a list of books I enjoyed over the past year or two about this subject. I assume we all love to read about something which is close to our hearts, whether it’s a place, a feeling or an experience. I know I do.
A fascinating book about the European theater in World War II, as told by the men on the front lines, not a media hugging officer or a dry historian. Ambrose captures the sense of history from both sides of the fence, sticks to the facts as we know them and keeps his comments to a minimum.
A captivating book in which Mr. Shaines recounts his memories as a defending lawyer in the case of The United States v. Lt. George C. Schreiber. Lt. Schreiber was the appointed scapegoat in a trial for the murder of a Korean man (whose real name was never found). Mr. Shaines, a military attorney on the Lieutenant’s defense team, was fighting a battle which outcome was already decided.
Once could sense Mr. Townley’s enthusiasm towards the men and women in uniform who perform a touch, often thankless, vigilant and very responsible duty on a daily base to their best of their ability. That, in my opinion, is the strength of the book. These people should be celebrated and, to the author’s credit, he lets them do much of the talking.
Leila Levinson who started the charity Veteran’s Children (website | Facebook | Twitter) wrote this non-fiction book about the author’s five year research to understand her father’s trauma from liberating a concentration camp in World War II. The book is filled with graphic pictures which will stay with you for a long time.
A gripping book which takes a hold of you from page one, and doesn’t let go until the very end. Mr. Zuckoff makes history comes alive by introducing the reader to the survivors, those who died, the rescuers, friends and family. I was so engrossed in the book I felt almost as if my friends were the ones on the ground.
A well written memoir which walks the reader through Wasdin’s childhood, Navy SEAL training, several missions and Mr. Wasdin settling down with his beloved wife and children.
This is an exciting book, an easy and fast read. While the authors cover a lot of ground, the book kept my attention throughout.
The amazing non-fiction story of Loius Zamperini, an American athlete, World War II Air Corp bombardier who survived a crash and interment in a Japanese POW camp.
Not only a fascinating story about the Long Range Dessert Group (LDRG), but it is also an accurate portrayal of how war is fought — months of boredom peppered with second and moments of sheer exhilaration, disorganization and horror.
A fascinating book centered around strong female characters. It is no secret that I love World War II book and the stories which come out of that period of time never cease to amaze me.
Mr. Pressfield envisions a future where private armies for hire roam the world, professional soldiers realize that they could do better than fighting for a cause they don’t believe in, for people who they don’t like.
The first book of a series about WWII. The book explores the lesser known African campaign(s) which began in late1942. Mr. Shaara goes into the minds of such military greats as Eisenhower, Montgomery and Rommel as well as other generals and even the men in the field.
The second book of a trilogy of this historical fiction series. The topic for this book is the events leading up and after D-Day (January through September 1944) seeing through the eyes of the aggressor (Eisenhower), the defender (Rommel), the generals (Bradley, Patton, von Rundstedt) and best of all, the ordinary soldiers (Sergeant Jesse Adams, a paratrooper of the 82nd Airborne and Jack Logan, a tank gunner with the First Armored Division).
Solid storytelling, primarily focusing on the Battle of the Bulge, as seen through the eyes of the grunts, and as managed by the generals on both sides of the fence. Unlike the authors other books, this book has less characters (or so it seemed at least) which I find to be more appealing and less confusing. Even though it’s always fun to read about Eisenhower decision making process or the clashes between Montgomery and Patton the story focuses on Private Eddie Benson and his experiences at “mud level”. Some interesting characters, such as Germans Gerd von Rundstedt and Albert Speer, also represent the axis’ point of view.
Picks up where his World War II trilogy ended. The war in Europe is all but over; however Japan is stubborn as ever despite massive loses.
True to form, each chapter in the book introduces the war from a perspective of a historical figure. Most of the story is told through the eyes of Marine private Clay Adams and his fight on Okinawa. The battle is also told through the eyes of Japanese general Mitsuru Ushijima, commander of the forces on Okinawa. Both men are true soldiers who will do their duty or die trying to.
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- Dick’s Drive-Ins giving free burgers to military members on Veterans Day (phinneywood.com)
- Veterans Day events on tap (kitsapsun.com)
- Bronx Iraq Veteran Talks About Her Service Ahead Of Veterans Day (newyork.cbslocal.com)