I don't know what I thought happened in 1945 but I don't think it was this. It would be another 5 years before I was born.
Maybe I was being naive butI don't know what I thought happened in 1945 but I don't think it was this. It would be another 5 years before I was born.
Maybe I was being naive but I didn't think about this kind of vengeance going on. And especially as it was directed against women, not the actual combatants. I probably should have expected it but I had just never heard much about it.
The author's father had been in a work camp during the war. Not sure I understood the differentiation between work camps and concentration camps; although I definitely agree that it is not an experience that can just be forgotten as "well-meaning" people had suggested. As though they wanted to go on as though nothing had happened. He brings in his Dutch father, and his British mother, at various points as illustration.
Goes into the differences faced in rehabilitating both Germany and Japan.
This was a fairly interesting book and was very informative to me.
This was probably actually ★★★ 1\2. I did get it from the library twice, partly because I forgot to listen to it the first time. I had too many interesting books to listen to and didn't know how interested I would be in this one until I got into it. ...more
Also seemed to be the word used the most. It startled me when he said that the scenery at Bletchley Park was not a "beguiling landscape". BBeguiling.
Also seemed to be the word used the most. It startled me when he said that the scenery at Bletchley Park was not a "beguiling landscape". But then "beguiling" kept popping up again and again.
A book full of memories from the former inhabitants. An entire chapter devoted to the romances at BP. And strict obedience to the official secrets act.
Not very cooperative with the Americans when they went over. The Americans brought a purple machine but had difficulty getting like cooperation back. Actually all of the codebreakers got along. They all spoke the same language....more
A little different type of story for Scott Turow. Most of his books take place in court rooms. Here one of the maExcellently read by Edward Herrmann.
A little different type of story for Scott Turow. Most of his books take place in court rooms. Here one of the main characters is a lawyer, actually a JAG (Judge Advocate General) lawyer in WWII. Much of the story is told through a flashback method. After his father dies, Stuart Dubinsky (also featured in Presumed Innocent) tries to find out about him. Learns that he was court martialled, sentenced to hang, commuted. Stuart wants to find out about this. Turns out the guy wouldn't tell his lawyer anything or testify but did it write it all down. That's the crux of the book.
David (the father) was sent to bring in an apparently rogue OSS officer who didn't want to come in. This causes him to parachute into Bastogne and get involved in leading a company. I knew someone who was at Bastogne. It turns out that Turow's father was also in the Bastogne area, but as a doctor. Turow said in an interview at the end of the book that he remembers his father talking about it when he was young; trying to talk the bad memories away. David never talked about it but held it in.
I started this book as a hardcover I happened to see in the library. So I read the first 100 pp in one format. Then I borrowed the audio copy and listI started this book as a hardcover I happened to see in the library. So I read the first 100 pp in one format. Then I borrowed the audio copy and listened to it today on my phone (actually mostly in the car now that I have a car that will broadcast from my phone). Made the miles fly by today on my drive home from North Carolina. Actually some of it I re-read since I couldn't really remember where I left off.
Basically this book is made up of letters written by Walter Cronkite, UP reporter in England during WWII, to his wife, Betsy. I love all the references to Judy, their cocker spaniel. I am hlad I saw the hardcover of this book in that it showed what a cutey that Judy really was. Betsy looked all right, too. Half of the time Cronkite is trying to get his wife over to England to join him. Then he started trying to get home leave to come home to see her and was told he was too valuable.
He rode in bombers, gliders, etc., going in to dangerous situations. I think they said there was a ratio of 1 out of every 11 corresponfents were casualties (killed/injured) so they tried to limit people going into battle areas. Many did but Cronkite was stuck back at the desk coordinating the reports. Feeling sorry for himself because he was left out of the action.
And, of course, this is just what he told his wife. The book does at times compare what he says here with what he later said in A Reporter's Life which were not necessarily exactly the same thing. The editors here, one of whom is Walter's grandson, go with the letters for thry were written at the time things were happening, not years later with the benefit of hindsight.
I found some of these letters very beautiful. ...more
Enjoyable trip down memory lane to the days of the Hollywood Canteen. I would have appreciated it better, however, if the Kindle edition had includedEnjoyable trip down memory lane to the days of the Hollywood Canteen. I would have appreciated it better, however, if the Kindle edition had included footnotes, sources and the appendix. On the plus side, it did include the pictures and they were actually viewable (they aren't always on the Kindle).
Interesting to find out that the Hollywood Canteen Foundation is still, lo these many years later, benefitting veterans. ...more