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The Rising Tide by Jeff Shaara
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Nov 03, 2008

it was amazing
Read in January, 2010

A historical novel covering the African campaign in WW II.

Having read Shaara's book taking place in the American War Between the States and in WW I, I was eager to experience his writing about WW II.

His approach is to focus on a few characters, the very high and the very low in rank; e.g., Roosevelt, Rommel, Patton, Churchill, Eisenhower in the first category, and enlisted men (a gunner in a Sherman tank, an infantryman in the latter category.

We learn in an epilogue that the lesser ranking characters are based on actual people.

I was fortunate to listen to this book, rather than read a print version, because the reader was able to to nail the sound of voices we know; Churchhill, Montgomery, and FDR, for instance.

The book is full of new insights and, for me, new knowledge. I know enough of the author's reputation to know that he is a diligent and accurate researcher.

I strongly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical novels or (not necessarily "and") who has an interest in WW II history.

-- Paul



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