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The Rising Tide by Jeff Shaara
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Nov 07, 11

Read in July, 2007

Jeff Shaara is the standard when it comes to historical fiction. The Rising Tide is just the latest example of his uncanny ability to bring history to life through the relationships between both real and fictional characters.

In this first venture into World War II – and first book of a trilogy – Shaara brings the start of offensive operations in 1942 in North Africa, and the follow-up invasion of Sicily in 1943, into strategic perspective. A nation as woefully unprepared for war as America was on the eve of Pearl Harbor suffered tremendously as she sent her under trained and under-equipped young men to war in the African desert. Shaara profiles the participation of both grand and small warriors as he takes the reader on this historical journey.

World War II buffs will particularly love this treatment of desert warfare and allied strategy in the Mediterranean theatre. Shaara does excellent research and the reader will learn of the habits and traits of great historical figures that are not common knowledge. The disappointment often felt when an excellent book comes to the end is somewhat mitigated by the fact that there are two more books to come.
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