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Currahee! by Donald R. Burgett
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Feb 27, 11

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Read in February, 2011

This reads almost as a diary. Burgett takes you from his training to become a paratrooper, to his life in England while waiting for the Normandy jump, to D-Day and the close fighting with Nazis that ensued in the days after. There is no strategy, no politics, no 40 year old man trying to make heads from tails on something that happened 70 years ago, and nobody's fourth hand interpretation of someone's stories or writings who was actually there. You feel like you are there in all the confusion and fighting amongst the hedges. Burgett doesn't even use chapters to separate towns, battles or days. This often made me feel confused, especially if I set the book down for a few hours. However, this adds to the feeling of being there because it's likely that Burgett was so overwhelmed that each battle and town just meshed together to create one big blur. Very unique memoir. Looking forward to reading his other three.
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