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The Last Thing You Surrender by Leonard Pitts Jr.
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it was amazing

A WWII book unlike any other that I’ve read.

It follows three main characters: George, a white marine whose life is saved at Pearl Harbor by Eric, a black mess man who loses his own life; Thelma, Eric’s widow; and Thelma’s older brother Luther, whose life and psyche are scarred by having seemed his parents horribly lynched when he was nine. Through their experiences, the book explores the brutality of war; the senseless racism exhibited by American whites, Japanese soldiers, and German Nazis; and the remarkable ability of the human spirit to endure and to rise. Pitts’s book aren’t easy reads, but they are written with the unflinching honesty that we need if we are ever going to cut the canker of hate out of our society.
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