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Miracle at St. Anna by James McBride
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Oct 07, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: historical-fiction

I bought this book months ago, but kept passing it over for other supposedly 'more interesting' reading - so was caught off guard as I began reading it and became engrossed in this story of the black soldiers (Buffalo Soldier) of WWII. The setting is the Italian countryside with the final German stand before the end of the war. The story revolves around 4 American soldiers, the young Italian boy they rescued who needs medical attention, and the Italian people they met in the village below the St. Anna di Stazzema church - and of course, the miracles experienced there.

War stories are not my preferred genre, but this is mostly a story of the human social/political condition - the division between black and white Americans in this era, the ongoing battle between Italian facists and partisans, but most important to me, the compassion and humanity that can overcome these combative circumstances.
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