Ordinary Heroes is a tribute to the millions of men and women who served in WW II who exhibited outstanding heroism in the face of War. They stepped through this chaos and carried on with a life of meaning and worth. As seen through the eyes of a son who wanted to know his dad's story, which he never discusses.
A complete change of subject for Scott Turow, but written well (as are his mysteries) This book describes the secret life that a son discovers when, after the death of his father; he reads the letters written by his father during WWII. There is also conflict with family members who do not want it all forgotten.
Scott Turow switches his usual story line in this book, but hasn't lost his master storyteller's touch. A son researches his late father's service in Europe during World War II, learning volumes about his parents, and ultimately himself.
Stewart Dubinsky knew his father, David, had served in World War II, but had been told very little about his experiences. When he finds, after his father's death, a packet of wartime letters for a former fiancee' and learned of David's court-martial, Stewart is driven to uncover the truth about this engimatic, distant man he never knew.
Stewart knew his father, David, had served in WW11 but had been told very little about his experiences. Then he finds a packet of wartime letters to a former fiancee and learns of his court-martial, Stewart is driven to uncover the truth.
Stewart Dobinsky never understood, or liked very much, his father. Following his father's death he followed clues in old correspondence to learn about a military investigation, a suspected murder, and an emaciated holocaust survivor that his father may or may not have loved.
Stewart Dubinsky knew his father, David, had served in World War II, but had been told very little about his experiences. When he finds, after his father's death, a packet of wartime letters to a former fiancee and learns of David's court-martial, Stewart is driven to uncover the truth about this enigmatic, distant man he never knew. Using military archives, old letters, and David's own notes, he discovers that David, a JAG lawyer, had pursued a maverick U.S. officer in Europe, fallen in love with a beautiful resistance fighter, and fought in the war's deadliest conflicts. In reconstructing the terrible events and agonizing choices his father faced on the battlefield, in the courtroom, and in love, Stewart gains a closer understanding of his father's secret past and of the brutal nature of war itself.
I like Scott Turow and his legal thriller books. He makes a slight departure in this book, however, by telling a story about a son learning about a secret part of his father's life, framed against the backdrop of the second World War. I found it very readable -- in fact, I read it in one sitting!
A most unusual tale, the characters are well rounded, and startling in their journey. A novel of war but also of a family learning about the father and why they are Ordinary Heroes. I was sad that it ended.
This is a great book,I just hope the Hollywood wonks never find this book and want to make a movie because there is no one on the Left Coast that do justice to this book,Read it,but be prepared to stay up late.