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Quirk, Rory. Wars and Peace: The Memoir of an American Family. Novato, CA: Presidio Press, 1999
ISBN 0-89141-683-8Story of the husband, James Quirk, who served in Europe on Patton's staff while his wife, Elizabeth, and infant son, Rory, faced their own challenges on the home front. Reunited at war's end, James was recalled to duty in Korea on Ridgeway's staff. In the blink of an eye, Rory faced his own war in Vietnam.
Rushton, Colin. Spectator in Hell: A British Soldier's Extraordinary Story. Berkshire: Pharoah Press, 1998. Distributed in the US by Seven Hills
Arthur Dodd served in the British Army and was captured near Tobruk in June 1942 largely due to the prowess of German tanks (misidentified in the book as Tigers) and as a POW was personally addressed by Rommel (who spoke to the prisoners in five languages and claimed to speak thirteen) before being held in Auschwitz until nearly the end of the war.
Zellmer, David. The Spectator: A World War II Bomber Pilot's Journal of the Artist as Warrior. Westport, CT: Praeger, 1999
David Zellmer performed with the Martha Graham Dance Company in New York City until he became a bomber pilot and flew away to Guadalcanal, New Georgia, and other bases in the Southwest Pacific. While flying almost fifty missions, Zellmer attempts in this book reconstructed from his letters and wartime journal to reconcile his life as a warrior with his ambitions as a dancer.
Caraccilo, Dominic J. (editor) Surviving Bataan and Beyond: Colonel Irvin Alexander's Odyssey as a Japanese Prisoner of War. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 1999
Major Caraccilo has edited and annotated Colonel Alexander's memoirs of his service in the Philippines, defeat at the hands of the Japanese, the Death March, and his long and brutal imprisonment at Cabanatuan and later in Japan and then Korea. A painful story about the most brutal circumstances and the will to survive.
Thanks to the publishers/distributors for providing these review copies.
Reviewed 16 August 1999
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