Tag Archives: World War II

December 6 by Martin Cruz Smith

Harry Niles is an American who has spent nearly his entire life in Japan.  The son of missionaries, Harry grew up with Tokyo street kids and would have passed for Japanese if not for his gaijin looks. Fast forward to December … Continue reading

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The Girls Of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan

During World War II, the race was on between the allies and the axis to build a super-weapon, a bomb which would decide the fate of the war.  In the sleepy hills of Tennessee, the Federal Government built a fenced-in, … Continue reading

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China Dolls by Lisa See

Always a Lisa See fan, I was eager to be absorbed into a world of Chinese historical fiction with this book.  China Dolls is actually set in San Francisco in 1938, where three friends, Ruby, Helen and Grace decide to put … Continue reading

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The Young Lions by Irwin Shaw

In this hefty tome, Irwin Shaw follows the lives of three young men serving as soldiers during World War II.  Christian Diestl, is a member of the German army; Michael Whiteacre, an American producer; and Noah Ackerman, a Jewish-American. Each … Continue reading

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Saving Italy by Robert M. Edsel

In his earlier work, The Monuments Men, Edsel told of the bravery and skill of World War II military men assigned to protect and save Europe’s historical buildings and art treasures from injury and loss during the war.  It was such … Continue reading

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We, The Drowned by Carsten Jensen

From it’s opening setting of  Marstal, Denmark in 1848, We, The Drowned is a riveting saga of a real seafaring community.  Larger than life characters, like sailor Lauris Madsen, who creates a name for himself with his bravery, only to disappear … Continue reading

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Sons And Soldiers by Bruce Henderson

During World War II, the allies had a secret weapon: German-born Jews who volunteered their service in the U.S. military were trained in interrogating prisoners and collecting information.  The 2,000 man team, known as Ritchie Boys, served in European combat and, … Continue reading

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