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"Spearhead"
by Adam Makos
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  • SpearheadThis is one of the finest histories I've ever read. Without exhausting my thesaurus, or going all fanboy on author Adam Makos, his ability to stitch together 70-year-old memories from aging World War II veternas, and create a living narrative that puts you in the moment on those long-ago battlefields is utterly remarkable. The men – both American tankers and infantrymen, and a German takner – are illuminitory in their ordinariness. And the unfinished business one of the veterans has carried into his 90s has a wonderful conclusion. Just a very special, wonderful book well worth reading.

    "The Storm on Our Shores"
    by Mark Obmascik
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  • The Storm on Our ShoresTurning on a single encounter during the often-overlooked campaign in the Aleutian Islands west of Alaska, this isn't so much a World War II history as a story of memory and redemption. The two stories here revolve around an American GI who carries the emotional scars of being in combat, of killing, during the battle for the island of Attu, and a Japanese doctor who'd attended medical school in California and was a practicing Seventh-Day Adventist sucked up into the Imperial Army when he returned home to rescue a sister on the eve of the war. The book moves a little slowly at times, and the combat sequences, while harrowing, make up little of the overall narrative. Still, the book is well-organized, and offers a fitting, real-life conclusion.

    "George Marshall: Defender of The Republic"
    by David L. Roll
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  • George Marshall: Defender of The RepublicA well-written, deep biography of one of America's greatest World War II military leaders, as well as one of the political leaders who most shaped our nation's postwar approach to Europe. Meticulously researched, drawing on private correspondence, public records, and media reports of the time, as well as other biographies, author David Roll still manages to write a book that seems, well, much thinner than its 694 pages. Roll is often guilty of the modern transgression of judging historic figures by contemporary moral conceits, and that happens often enough it may be responsible for chipping away at the book's own authority. Still, a worthwhile read for anyone wanting to learn more about the great general and postwar leader.