Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Two WWII Books in February

ArmageddonI just finished Armageddon by Leon Uris.  He's kind of like the 1960's version of John Gresham.  A few years ago I read Exodus by Uris and it was equally thrilling. (Unfortunately both books had steamy splotches of smut that I could have done without.)

Armageddon is about Germany after WWII - I've never read a WWII book from this vantage point.  It really caused me to think about the war in ways I hadn't before.  From it I also learned about the Russian blockade of Berlin and the American airlift.  Fascinating, miraculous engineering feat!

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and RedemptionThe second book about WWII this month is Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, who also wrote Seabiscuit.  Wow.  Hillenbrand does not disappoint.  Hubby and I have had so many conversations about her ability to turn a phrase or paint a picture.  He sent an email to a few of his friends about it:

I started reading Unbrokenan account of one man’s journey in the pacific theater during WWII. It is one of the most engaging non-fiction books I’ve read (next to Hunting Eichmann and Manhunt). After reading a few pages this weekend, I started reading it to JI. He was completely enraptured. We read Saturday afternoon and Sunday night. When I came home from the office yesterday he asked if I could read more. So after dinner I read for almost two hour straight. Julie joined us for the last hour. Neither moved!  When we had to stop for bed time, he said “Dad, please don’t read any on your own tonight – it’s getting to the good part.” (I had read a bunch Sunday night and skipped over some of the more brutal parts and summarized everything else. I tried to pretend I was reading my summary from the book, but he could tell something wasn’t right…).

I won’t spoil the story, but if you’re looking for a good book to read about an amazing guy and an amazing story, you will enjoy this one!

1 comment:

John and Pam Majors said...

I just got Unbroken yesterday. It captures your attention like fiction would-but it is true which makes it all the more interesting. I am amazed that a 6 year old was captivated!


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