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The Rising Tide by Jeff Shaara
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Jul 05, 11

bookshelves: historical-fiction
Read in July, 2011

Ever since reading Gods and Generals I have been convinced that Jeff Shaara doesn't have anything like the gift for writing his father, Shaara, Michael, exhibited in the breathtaking historical novel The Killer Angels. This book cemented my impression.

If you want to read some interesting World War II history (specifically, the time period around the American entrance into the war in North Africa) that focuses on the personalities of the generals involved: this is a great resource. I have little doubt that the writing is very, very well-researched and I did learn things that (even as a minor WW2 buff) I didn't know about Patton, Eisenhower, Montgomery, Rommel, and others. I feel like I definitely *learned* something from reading this book. It just wasn't a lot of fun to do. It's like 3/4 a well-written textbook interspersed with 1/4 of a mediocre action novel.
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