Fiction

Mossingdene, 1944

Title: Mossingdene
Author: David Andrew Westwood
Reviewer: Terry Shoptaugh
Subcategory: Historical Fiction

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): B005E90HW8

Fifty thousand Americans and their hardware parked in a rural English community of a thousand villagers, just a grudging step away from the Middle Ages, on the eve of the invasion of Europe. An effective recipe for mayhem, sex and espionage.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Westwood, David Andrew

Valdinato, 1943

Title: Valdinato, 1943
Author: David Westwood
Genre: Historical Fiction
Reviewer: Betsy Beard

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): B006PW43EQ

The story begins in New York, but since the central character, Ennio, an Italian-American pastry chef, decides he should sign up, the action soon moves to the invasion of Italy. He becomes a cook with a company moving north from Naples, village by village, toward Rome. Meanwhile Lucia is working the family farm in the Liri Valley below the Abbey of Monte Cassino. Ennio and his friends are stopped short by the Germans at their Gustav Line, of which the Abbey forms a crucial part. Lucia’s farm is bombed, and she and Ennio are soon involved personally in one of the worst battles of WWII.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Westwood, David

Jeremiah A. Denton, Jr.: Vietnam War Hero

Title: Jeremiah A. Denton, Jr.: Vietnam War Hero
Author: Anne Chancey Dalton
Genre: Historical Fiction
Reviewer: Jim Greenwald

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 1594210780

T-O-R-T-U-R-E. As the television camera focused on his face, Commander Jeremiah Denton, a Prisoner of War, blinked this word in Morse Code over and over. He sent a message to the world from North Vietnam, while answering a reporter's questions. After the war, Rear Admiral Denton received the Navy Cross-not for this message-but for his answer to the reporter's question: "What do you think about your government's actions?" Knowing he would be tortured more,Denton said, "...whatever the position of my government, I agree with it. I support it. I will support it as long as I live!" Years later, he continued this vow by becoming a congressman from Alabamain the United States Senate.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Dalton,Anne Chancey

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