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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1)
3.89
it was ok
If I could, I would give this book 2 1/2 stars because it was more than OK but I didn't actually like it. I found the central character, Jacob, comple ...more
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Oct 13, 2011
 
I Have Lived a Thousand Years
4.16
it was amazing
What sets Bitton-Jackson's Holocaust memoir apart from the others is that it is simultaneously poetic and graphic. Also, the entire book is written in ...more
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Jan 22, 2011
 
To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918
4.14
liked it
This is a compelling book that focuses on Britain during the Great War. Hochschild makes the conflict come alive, absolutely, and he is a writer of pr ...more
Apr 14, 2012
Apr 01, 2012
 
The Liberator: One World War II Soldier's 500-Day Odyssey from the Beaches of Sicily to the Gates of Dachau
4.19
it was amazing
This is an extremely well written, solidly researched book that brings a slice of WWII history brilliantly to life. I've read similar titles that are ...more
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Oct 09, 2012
 
Two Rings: A Story of Love and War
4.08
it was amazing
When reviewing Holocaust memoirs, I automatically tend to rate them highly for a number of reasons. For one, I admire the amount of courage it takes f ...more
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May 21, 2012
 
World War II London Blitz Diary, Volume 1
3.62
it was amazing
“Friday, September 1
War started today. After another week of lies and duplicity, Hitler launched into actual warfare early this morning. At five thirt
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Sep 22, 2011
 
The Heroines of SOE: Britain's Secret Women in France
4.04
liked it
There have been multiple biographies written about individual SOE women but Beryl Escott’s book is the first I know of that gives short biographies on ...more
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Mar 22, 2012
 
No Greater Ally: The Untold Story of Poland's Forces in World War II
4.07
it was amazing
The title of this book says everything: the U.S., Britain, and France had no greater ally than Poland during WWII and yet the story of the Poles’ fier ...more
Dec 2009
Jan 04, 2010
 
Darkness Hides the Flowers
4.00
really liked it
“Darkness Hides the Flowers” is a stunning Holocaust memoir on many levels, simultaneously poignant, beautiful, and terrifying. Ida Hoffman was a youn ...more
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Jul 05, 2011
 
Hansi: The Girl Who Loved the Swastika
3.89
really liked it
This is a very moving memoir written in the 1970's by Marie Anne Hirschmann (nicknamed Hansi at one point in the story) who was a 14 year-old from the ...more
Sep 21, 2010
Sep 21, 2010
 
Spy Princess: The Life Of Noor Inayat Khan
3.90
really liked it
I'm surprised this book isn't more well-known and that it took so long for someone to realize that this incredible woman deserved a full-length biogra ...more
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May 28, 2010
 
Behind Enemy Lines: The True Story of a French Jewish Spy in Nazi Germany
4.20
it was amazing
This is the fascinating memoir of a young French-Jewish woman who survives the Holocaust because of her quick wits, her Aryan looks, and a forged iden ...more
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Aug 30, 2011
 
They Dared Return: The True Story of Jewish Spies Behind the Lines in Nazi Germany
3.66
really liked it
Is it possible for a story to be compelling if the storytelling isn’t? Case in point: the premise of Patrick O’Donnell’s book They Dared Return is abs ...more
Apr 2012
Mar 01, 2012
 
Double Victory: How African American Women Broke Race and Gender Barriers to Help Win World War II
3.86
it was amazing
I have been given the great honor of blurbing this book! Here's one of my attempts:

Mullenbach has done a great service in telling the stories of these
...more
Sep 02, 2012
Aug 19, 2012
 
Resistance: A French Woman's Journal of the War
4.07
it was amazing
This book seems intriguing in spite of some of the three-star reviews it has received on Good Reads. For one, I'm not sure I could ever be "temporaril ...more
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Aug 14, 2012
 
My Father's War: A Memoir
4.33
really liked it
For writer Paul West, the connections between the two world wars of the last century transcend the likes of a train car at Compiegne and a Bavarian p ...more
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May 20, 2010
 
Forbidden Strawberries
4.00
really liked it
The writing style of “Forbidden Strawberries,” the memoir of Cipora Hurwitz, a Polish Jew forced to grow up during the Holocaust, is stark, matter-of- ...more
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Jan 20, 2011
 
A Nurse's War
4.09
really liked it
Reading the memoir of a detail-oriented individual who lived through an epochal time period can be a special treat for history lovers. British WWII nu ...more
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Oct 03, 2010
 
Conscience and Courage: Rescuers of Jews During the Holocaust
4.17
it was amazing
Fogelman is a psychologist and what stimulated her to write this book, which delves into the psychology of Nazi-era Jewish rescuers, was her interest ...more
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Oct 04, 2008
 
Lili Marlene: The Soldiers' Song of World War II
3.93
really liked it
Compelling, immensely readable look at the history of "Lili Marlene," the international hit song of WWII. Why a song becomes popular at a certain poin ...more
Jun 29, 2011
Jun 28, 2011
 
The Envoy: The Epic Rescue of the Last Jews of Europe in the Desperate Closing Months of World War II
4.17
I finally purchased this. I should have a "I really mean it 'to read' shelf" because this would be on it.
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Jun 19, 2011
 
They Fought Alone
4.17
really liked it
This is the second book written by Maurice Buckmaster, head of the F- (French) Section of the Special Operations Executive (SOE), a resistance organiz ...more
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Jan 02, 2012
 
War in the Pacific 1941-1945
4.21
it was amazing
It’s difficult to believe that “War in the Pacific,” a new oversized book from Osprey Publishing which coincides with the recent HBO special, is only ...more
Apr 06, 2010
Apr 07, 2010
 
Lizzi & Fredl: A Perilous Journey of Love and Faith
3.79
liked it
"Lizzi and Fredl" is the memoir of Frederick and Alice Steiner, Austrian Catholics who flee Austria in August, 1938, months after the Anschluss (the a ...more
not set
Jan 02, 2010
 
The American Aircraft Factory in World War II
4.13
liked it
“The American Aircraft Factory in WWII” by Bill Yenne

ISBN 13: 978-0-7603-3913-8

That Bill Yenne is an accessible author and passionate researcher has n
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Jan 16, 2011
 
Flames in the Field: The Story of Four SOE Agents in Occupied France
4.01
it was amazing
Although the title suggests this to be the biography of four female agents of Special Operations Executive (the British WWII espionage organization), ...more
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Jul 15, 2010
 
Behind Enemy Lines with the S.A.S: The Story of Amedee Maingard, Code Name 'Sam' SOE Agent in France 1943-1944
3.67
really liked it
When delving into a study of WWII Resistance, one can be overwhelmed with not only the courage of those who stood up to Fascism but also with the fact ...more
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Mar 07, 2012
 
Sophie Scholl and the White Rose
4.15
it was amazing
This is an updated version of "The Shattering of the German Night," recommended to me by Dr. George Wittenstein, a personal friend of the Scholls.

The
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Sep 05, 2009
 
Women In The Resistance
3.80
it was amazing
A meticulously well-researched and readable book about women in the French Resistance, including outsiders like American SOE (later, OSS) agent Virgin ...more
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Nov 08, 2010
 
The Secret Rescue: An Untold Story of American Nurses and Medics Behind Nazi Lines
3.62
really liked it

On November 8, 1943, an Allied plane that was transporting 13 female nurses and 17 male medics—all members of the U.S. Army's 807th Medical Air Evacua
...more
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Aug 21, 2013
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