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Subject: Has anyone read We Die Alone? WW2 recommendations??
Date Posted: 11/19/2009 4:08 PM ET
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Thoughts on this one? It sounded really good to me, but I've been putting it off for awhile. Now that I've picked it up, it seems a little slow. Is it worth the read?


Any other good WW2 novels??? I'm on a kick....

Date Posted: 11/25/2009 3:42 PM ET
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It shouldn't rank in the top group of WW II novels, I suppose, but there is a novel that might be called 'the woman's World War Two novel".  It's Gone to Soldiers, by Marge Piercy, and the collected stories of  several women's participation in that war.   

Date Posted: 11/25/2009 5:44 PM ET
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We Die Alone is still on my TBR, but here are a few really good WWII books:

Das Boot (The Boat) by Lothar-Gunther Bucheim

The Forgotten Soldier  by Guy Sajer

Iron Coffins  by Herbert A. Werner

Date Posted: 1/23/2010 5:11 PM ET
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We Die Alone is a wonderful book.  My husband, who is a SERE (Survive/evade/resist/escape) instructor recommended it to me.  It was worth the time it took me to read it.  I thought it had some amazing insight into the human character.

Date Posted: 1/31/2010 8:33 AM ET
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I agree, Melani! I finished the book awhile ago and really enjoyed it. I thought his story was fascinating.

Subject: Panzer Commander - the Memoirs of Hans von Luk
Date Posted: 4/20/2010 5:35 PM ET
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Panzer Commander is a biography of Colonel Hans von Luk's life asfield commanderin the German Panzer divisions from Poland to the end of the war and as a Russian POW and ultimately his life after his release. Very good read with some humor here and there.

Kareem Abdul Jabar also wrote a book about negroe tankers in WWII that was very good. From racism in the states to combat in Europe. Really good.

I've also enjoyed most of the stuff written by Steve Ambrose with Pegasus Bridge being my favorite.

Date Posted: 4/22/2010 12:41 AM ET
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I second Brian's noting Abdul Jabbar's book. He took nine years to write it and it is exceedingly well-documented.

Easily available is Flyboys by James Bradley. The flyleaf calls it a story of courage. It is that, but what impressed me was the inhumanity of both the Japanese and the Americans.

A lady named Doris Weatherford (Pottsville H.S.; Arkansas Tech) wrote a very well-reasearched book titled American Women and WorldWar II.Somehow I have two copies of this one and could spare one.

John Keegan wrote one titled, I think, The Second World War. Keegan is very very good, maybe better than Ambrose.

Date Posted: 4/30/2010 3:38 PM ET
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Some of my favorite WWII histories:

  • Flags of our Fathers byJames Bradley -- Iwo Jima flag raising
  • The Longest Day, Cornelius Ryan -- D-Day
  • Band of Brothers, Stephen Ambrose
  • Ghost Soldiers by Hampton Sides -- Rescue of Bataan death march survivors
Subject: Recommendation - Brothers in Arms
Date Posted: 5/30/2010 10:34 PM ET
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Brothers in Arms is about the 761st Tank regiment by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. It was an all black outfit in Europe. The book takes them from training camp in the deep south thorugh the end of the war. this is History not fiction. This is an excellent book. Not so much about the racial issues but that they overcame them. and became one of the premier regiments inEurope.

Death Traps was another good one about the tank soldiers and their trials in using outgunned and underarmoed tanks against the Germans.

last recomendation at least for this posting is Citizen Soldiers by Stephen Ambrose. Real comments from real soldiers.

Subject: Brothers In Arms - Battalion
Date Posted: 4/3/2011 12:36 AM ET
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Actually the 761st was a tank battalion, not a regiment. It is on my TBR list.

I also read We Die Alone. Fairly good book.

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