Book Reviews

Reviews of books by MWSA members. Reviews appear in reverse chronological order, with the most recent review posted appearing first.
Note: Some older reviews are being reposted to this site and those will appear out of order.

Hill Called White Horse, A

Title: A Hill Called White Horse
Author: Tony Sobieski
Genre: Military, Army
Reviewer: Don Arndt

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 1438925727

The battle of White Horse lasted ten days, with many lives lost. This story concentrates on the first two days of the battle, as recounted by Joe Adams, Jack Callaway, and the rest from the 213th Field Artillery Battalion who were there. These two days coincide with the letters and personal remembrances of these men and this story is based on their real life experiences. The events and people are real, coming from those personal interviews, declassified documents and historical reference. What they went through is real, documented history. Not one of them has ever bragged about what they did or thought of themselves as some great warrior soldier. Everyone simply did what they had to do, and that there was no glory in it.

Not just another war story, this is an attempt to put the reader "there" in the thick it, to be a participant in battle and to feel what it was like to be in the Forgotten War. Exploding artillery shells, bullets striking targets, the eeriness of flares drifting down over a battlefield, breathing the dust of trenches on a hill in the middle of a far off place. Taking the reader out of their seat and putting a rifle in their hands, this story transports you a thousand miles away from your surroundings to an artillery battery receiving "incoming mail", trench lines where death is around every corner, and a bunker on a hill where some of the most violent combat takes place. This book lets you feel, taste and smell it like it was, brutal, unforgiving, and above all, a cold hard reality for those that were there.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Sobieski, tony

They Were Ready -- The 164th Infantry in the Pacific War, 1942-1945

Title: They Were Ready -- The 164th Infantry in the Pacific War, 1942-1945
Author: Terry Shoptaugh
Genre: Military, Army
Reviewer: Bob Ruerhdanz

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): B004OB4M7I

A narrative history of the 164th Infantry Regiment's experiences in the Pacific War, from its activation and training to its service at Guadalcanal, Bougainville and the Philippines. The 164th (North Dakota National Guard) reinforced the 1st Marine Division on Guadalcanal in October 1942 and subsequently served in some 600 days in combat in the Pacific. The book is based on unit records, correspondence and diaries, and interviews with over fifty of the veterans.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Shoptaugh, Terry

Of War and Weddings

Title: Of War and Weddings
Author: Jerry Yellin
Genre: Military, Air Force
Reviewer: Mary Sullivan

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 1421890755

A memoir. World War 2 service as a fighter pilot over Japan, raised during the depression, The wedding of his youngest son to a Japanese woman in Japan, the daughter of an Imperial Japanese air force veteran. The reconciliation between the two fathers.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Yellin, Jerry

If You Fly...Don't Crash

Title: If You Fly...Don't Crash!
Author: Charles Bailey
Genre: Military, Air Force
Reviewer: Eliot Parker

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 1441541624

The author piloted Air Force heavy jets for over two decades, in peacetime and wartime. If You Fly...Don't Crash! (Confessions of a White-knuckle Pilot) highlights some of the good, the bad, and the simply silly aspects of aviation experienced during his thousands of hours airborne.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Bailey, Charles

Battlefields And Blessings Iraq/Afghanistan( Stories of Faith and Courage

Title: Battlefields And Blessings Iraq/Afghanistan( Stories of Faith and Courage
Author: Jocelyn Green, Jane Hampton Cook, John Croushorn
Genre: Non-Fiction, Inspirational
Reviewer: Bill McDonald

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 0899570410

Stories of Faith and Courage from the War in Iraq & Afghanistan, part of the Battlefields & Blessings series, is a 365-day collection of inspiring stories of courage perseverance and faith-based on firsthand accounts of more than seventy who have been connected to or involved in the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Through never-before-told stories, readers will uncover the personal challenges of the battlefield. You'll hear about the experiences and perspectives of deployed soldiers; chaplains; military wives, widows, parents and siblings; organizers of humanitarian efforts; veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder; missionaries to the Middle East and more. Each story is accompanied by a Scripture verse and a brief prayer.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Green, Jocelyn
Cook, Jane Hampton
Croushorn, John

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