A striking feature of this book is its size — 8×12 inches and copiously illustrated. And its title, “Battle of the Bulge” promises a comprehensive picture of the month-long battle — the largest in American history.
On illustrative grounds the book delivers. Author Danny S. Parker has gathered an astonishingly opulent and representative photo collection that dramatizes the month-long battle better than any collection I have perused. Additionally, he publishes numerous detailed maps.
Whether they had been urban or rural residents, millions of World War II ’s GIs deeply absorbed values during their military service that shaped their lives after the war.
They learned discipline; discipline day and night; discipline under fire, discipline in mud and snow; discipline under the most dire and dangerous conditions. They learned, no matter how impossible and threatening the situation, to achieve an objective assigned by an Army authority: and this hard-earned learning experience made all the difference in their subsequent lives.
Seldom” writes David D. Lowman, “has any major event in U.S. history been as misrepresented as has US intelligence about the evacuation” of Japanese-Americans during World War II.
On the evidence of hard-documentation produced in this book, Lowman proves his assertion. Reproducing a massive amount of evidence available to government authorities both in World War II and currently (wiretaps, pages of decoded messages, translated reports in the 1940s about the American fleet from Hawaii and Manila to Tokyo), the author of this powerful book declares that the evacuation “has been twisted, distorted, misquoted, misunderstood, ignored, and deliberately falsified by otherwise honorable people.”
If you really want to know what World War II was like for those who did most of the fighting and dying, don’t bother with the famous “The Greatest Generation.”
Read this book.
Of the scores of books I’ve read about World War II since being discharged from the infantry in 1945, two stand out.